automaton automaton  /ɔ ˈtɑ mə ˌtɑn/


  1. (n) someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way
  2. (n) a mechanism that can move automatically



  1. PURE JOY: A child on a swing belies the stereotype of the autistic automaton.
  2. The eyes of the automaton glowed red.
  3. We think the ideal economic decision maker is an analytical automaton.


  • San Mateo County Fair highlights include Frisbee-throwing robot

    The disc-hurling automaton, the creation of the Aragon High School Robotics Team, is part of the San Mateo County Fair's growing technology division. Competitions now include: constructing a mousetrap vehicle; building a Rube Goldberg device; designing a video game; and creating a mobile-phone app or game.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: San Jose Mercury News

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  1. "He didn't see," Kennedy said. "He was almost driving like an automaton."
    on Oct 3, 2008 By: John F Kennedy Source:

  2. "He's the Golem, the automaton that the mystics animated with magic spells," Cohen writes. "He's the man prophesized in the Zohar, come to finish the unfinished work of Saul and wipe out Amalek."
    on Sep 23, 2009 By: Richard I. Cohen Source: Ha'aretz

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