Definition of android in English:



  • 1(in science fiction) a robot with a human appearance.

    ‘a space station inhabited only by androids’
    as modifier ‘there were no android security guards to stop him’
    • ‘The androids hacked the little plastic grenade launcher into small pieces and bound Leslie with so many chains that only her eyes were visible.’
    • ‘One such story sees a man fall in love with an android who cannot love him back.’
    • ‘He thought androids more conscientious, and convenient than the humans.’
    • ‘Most science-fiction writers have kept the distinction between android and robot fairly clear.’
    • ‘Smith plays Detective Del Spooner, who goes on the trail of an android suspected of murder.’
    • ‘The future is always depicted as a place where a technical fix has gone wrong, where androids stalk a devastated urban landscape.’
    • ‘The android stalked over on stubby legs and stopped next to Glenn's chair.’
    • ‘Modern Science Fiction abounds with intelligent robots and androids, both good and bad.’
    • ‘Kinski is about to bring to life a female android as a replacement for Max when he picks up three criminals on the run and the plot kicks off.’
    • ‘The wall of fire quickly spread and encircled the androids while giving cover to the retreating humans.’
    • ‘In the simplest, we have robots or androids who can think but who cannot feel joy, grief, guilt or jealousy.’
    • ‘Ishiguro reckons it might one day be possible to construct an android which passes for human, but only briefly.’
    • ‘The androids and robots were confused and scampered down corridors, knocking into things.’
    • ‘And if androids really do resemble people eventually, then to make a reasonable decision in real time they will still need emotions.’
    • ‘Meet the robot lobster and the android that not only smiles, frowns and blinks but also recognizes people and talks back.’
    • ‘At times, she had even put herself in serious jeopardy just to stop a android criminal.’
    • ‘The science fiction fascination with robots and androids is the culmination of this perception of machines as being almost like one of us.’
    • ‘Blogs will transform the human race into a hyper intelligent race of androids able to travel through time and shoot laser beams from their eyes!’
    • ‘The twist is that he is an android, living in a society in which the population is strictly controlled.’
    • ‘At about a mile from the house I stopped, knowing the android would be close behind.’
  • 2trademark mass noun An open-source operating system used for smartphones and tablet computers.

    as modifier ‘I have an Android phone and I like it a lot’
    • ‘There have been 4.5 billion Android app downloads.’
    • ‘The second mouse button on an Android tablet should behave exactly the same as the second mouse button on every other OS in existence.’
    • ‘The Android tablet hardware isn't that different so they could have something out quickly for another billion or two.’
    • ‘So we will see lots of different people making Androids and making Android apps.’
    • ‘I'm less rigorous with using only free software on my Android phone than on my desktop.’


Early 18th century: from modern Latin androides, from andro- + -oid.