Definition of machine-like in English:



  • Resembling or characteristic of a machine.

    ‘gigantic masts, with their machine-like appearance’
    ‘a monotonous life, operating with machine-like regularity’
    • ‘He also came to know and admire the machine-like designs of the artists and designers working at the Bauhaus school of art in Germany.’
    • ‘A smooth and machine-like precision doesn't necessarily mean that the customer is made to feel at home.’
    • ‘Every sound fits appropriately within the game's digital world, with many vocal utterances seemingly processed by filters to lend them a menacing or machine-like tone.’
    • ‘In Hard Times he seems not to be directing his attack against machinery but against what Carlyle would have seen as a machine-like mentality.’
    • ‘She had a machinelike way of going on about a topic, as though she were speaking to imbeciles.’
    • ‘Some complained that the almost machine-like efficiency of his play made him boring to watch.’
    • ‘The robots are realised beautifully, but they're also old-fashioned robots - so blocky and machine-like.’
    • ‘If organisations and the individuals within them operated in a machine-like fashion, institutionalising best practice would be straightforward.’
    • ‘As computers become more human-like, humans will become more machine-like.’
    • ‘They have to be understood as human beings and separated out from the machine-like business systems.’
    • ‘The mixture of nearly machinelike order and organic irregularities implies that intuition and reason are working simultaneously.’
    • ‘There's something wonderfully machine-like about the operation.’
    • ‘Using phone interviews, men and women were questioned by either a live person, a recorded human voice or a machine-like voice.’
    • ‘Right after The Origin of Species was published, he wrote a whole book on the complex machine-like devices in orchid flowers.’
    • ‘In her brain began the methodical and often machine-like thought process of dealing with catastrophic equipment failure during a freefall.’
    • ‘He conveyed a sort of dehumanized, machinelike approach.’
    • ‘Up close, one can see that despite their appearance of machinelike regularity, each geometric shape is painstakingly painted with short, thick, horizontal strokes layered, bricklike, in row upon row.’
    automatic, unthinking, unemotional, unconscious, involuntary, instinctive, routine, matter-of-fact, habitual, inattentive
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