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Meaning of automaton

au•tom•a•ton

Pronunciation: (ô-tom'u-ton", -tn), [key]
— pl. -tons, -ta
  1. a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
  2. a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
  3. something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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