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Automaton

Au`tom´a`ton
n.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.
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.
Noun1.Automatonautomaton - someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way; "only an automaton wouldn't have noticed"
Synonyms: zombi, zombie
2.Automatonautomaton - a mechanism that can move automatically
Synonyms: robot, golem
(robotics, mathematics, algorithm)automaton - (Plural automata) A machine, robot, or formal system designed to follow a precise sequence of instructions.

Automata theory, the invention and study of automata, includes the study of the capabilities and limitations of computing processes, the manner in which systems receive input, process it, and produce output, and the relationships between behavioural theories and the operation and use of automated devices.

See also cellular automaton, finite state machine.
anomaly, automatise, automatize, unusual person, zombi, zombie
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