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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 au·tom·a·ton /ɔˈtɑmətən, məˌtɑn/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Au·tom·a·ton n.; pl. L. Automata E. Automatons
 1. Any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion or action.
    So great and admirable an automaton as the world.   --Boyle.
    These living automata, human bodies.   --Boyle.
 2. A self-moving machine, or one which has its motive power within itself; -- applied chiefly to machines which appear to imitate spontaneously the motions of living beings, such as men, birds, etc.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic
           way; "only an automaton wouldn't have noticed" [syn: zombi,
      2: a mechanism that can move automatically [syn: robot, golem]
      [also: automata (pl)]