One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person regarded as a machine with intellectual powers; a person whose thinking consists (merely) in mechanical response to symbols.
2A machine able to simulate thought; (informal) a computer.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Tenison (1636–1715), archbishop of Canterbury. From either thinking or thinking + machine.
thinking machine/ˈθɪŋkɪŋ məˌʃiːn/
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