One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(chiefly in science fiction) a robot.
- ‘Sometimes the attacks of these bots are relentless, but at other times the characters have time to stand around and talk for what seems like an eternity.’
- ‘The possibilities I've read about nanotechnology are amazing - good things, like tiny bots tracking your health, and bad things like those same things used to control and spy on people.’
- ‘(Not all builders are bringing their bots, and not all bots are bringing their builders).’
- ‘There were also several trucks, and some bots that looked like automated forklifts.’
- ‘Researchers say a swarm of bouncing, spherical bots the size of baseballs could hop across the red planet to search for life.’
- ‘You'd never have another cavity, never have to worry about root canals, or even have to brush your teeth, as the bots would clean up the mess and let you wake up feeling and smelling fresh.’
- ‘‘In the popular imagination, robots are about the military, or bots sawing each other in half,’ lamented Douglas Repetto.’
- ‘Boston thinks the bots could also tackle challenging surface terrain on the red planet, including polar ice caps riddled with fissures.’
- ‘He left the room, leaving the smoldering training robot for the cleaner bot to pick up.’
- ‘People rush to junk their old bots and get a shiny new one.’
- ‘Tables stretched down each wall where bots of all sizes and shapes sat, were bolted, or trundled back and forth assembling cleaning and tearing down other bots.’
- ‘Over the last decade, Melhuish's team has produced a string of bots powered by sugar, rotten apples, or dead flies.’
- ‘So it's a debate among scientists whether human-like bots are repulsive or if machines that mimic our mortal movements put us at ease.’
- ‘Surely at least one would involve a team of evil-fighting battle bots that, when prompted, would join together to create some kind of giant evil-fighting battle-bot.’
- ‘He was thankful that they didn't have to deal with the security bots, as the combined might of the bots and security would probably have overwhelmed the small group.’
- ‘We've got a big expo coming up, and if you'd like to show off your bots, the Summer Robot Games & Expo in San Francisco is a great opportunity to do so.’
- ‘I agree with most of those commenters, though, that the end of the conversation where Cameron first accuses the ‘bot’ of being a bot, and then claims to be one himself is handled with almost suspicious cleanliness.’
- ‘Robot operators - or jockeys - stand outside the BattleBox, using lap-size remote-control units to maneuver their bots.’
- ‘As we live in a world populated by more and more bots, we'll be developing increasingly more techniques for figuring out who's real and who isn't.’
- ‘Robots around the world fear the new bot, including Bender.’
- 1.1Computing An autonomous program on a network (especially the Internet) that can interact with computer systems or users, especially one designed to respond or behave like a player in an adventure game.
- ‘Regrettably, the contest is limited to anglophone bots and humans.’
- ‘I can separate real readers and bots from each other; Googlebot is a common visitor, but I know real people read my web site too.’
- ‘Also, my friend had an interesting idea: Why not write a bot that will automatically register EVERY telephone number in the US in the Do Not Call Registry?’
- ‘Perhaps an automated bot does it, the same way it scans for domain names and e-mail addresses.’
- ‘Customers in any industry could bounce questions off these bots, receive alerts about shipping, monitor inventory and order products.’
- ‘Shopping bots, on the other hand, promise a ‘rewarding Internet experience.’’
- ‘The metaphor I'm happiest with is that the internal state of the bot is represented by a position (which may be discrete or smeared) in a dataspace.’
- ‘Of course, the ultimate evolution will be bots playing bots.’
- ‘These will later be automatically data-mined by bots to compile the survey results.’
- ‘A further step imbeds images into the address, which thwarts the most persistent bots.’
- ‘In co-op play, online players team up against bots to accomplish missions.’
- ‘This is not the fault of the blogger - even banning all robots will not help, since the spammers' bots ignore this preference setting.’
- ‘Hence a spam bot could, and did, enter hundreds of unwanted spams in a matter of minutes into the comments of a largely unprotected weblog.’
- ‘Keks has it set up so the possibility of vote rigging bots is zero and it also prevents daily voting by the same people.’
- ‘I guess it's the spammers' day off work, so they get to run their automated mail bots to send things out.’
- ‘In fact someone suggested to me it might actually be a bot inserting random bits of text.’
- ‘The search engine bots would certainly have downloaded that meta-data and may have it stored in databases ready for somebody to just ask nicely.’
- ‘Mindless bots, driven not to dominate but to sell, sign up for thousands of free email accounts every minute, sending millions of spam messages from them.’
- ‘From the bots list, some nice ideas for tech support IM bots making use of domain specific bot identities.’
- ‘Where that information comes from is unclear; the report's authors believe some of the bots are interfacing in real time with credit card company databases.’
1960s: shortening of robot.
The larva of the botfly, which is an internal parasite of animals. It lives typically in the stomach, finally passing through the host's dung and pupating on the ground.
- ‘Traditionally, the most effective treatments for the control of horse bots have been applied at least 30 days after the first killing frost.’
- ‘If not removed, the eggs are eventually ingested as the horse nuzzles its legs and can cause problems, even death, if the horse isn't given a wormer that kills bots.’
- ‘One exception is to be certain the horse is dewormed for bots each fall and spring.’
Early 16th century: probably of Low German origin.
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