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robot definition

Overview

This page has 37 definitions of robot with English translations in 19 languages. Robot is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use robot in a sentence are shown. Also define these 34 related words and terms: machine, task, move, programmed, automaton, android, science fiction, mechanical, person, emotions, traffic light, surveying, theodolite, prism, crew, dance, disco, imitate, robot, kunstmens, socage, forced, labour, hard, work, drudgery, computing, bot, illegal, taxi, notch, jag, robô, and missile.

See also: robót and robòt

English robot definition

industrial robot handling flat glass

Etymology

Borrowed from Czech robot, from robota (drudgery, servitude). Coined in the 1920 science-fiction play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek after having been suggested to him by his brother Josef, and taken into English without change.[1]

Pronunciation

Noun

robot (plural robots)

  1. A machine built to carry out some complex task or group of tasks by physically moving, especially one which can be programmed.
    We have a robot in the house that does the vacuuming
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:robot
    Hypernym: automaton
    Hyponym: android
    • 2010 May 16, Tim Webb, The Guardian:
      It's painfully slow and complex work which has never been attempted before in these conditions: the small box-shaped robots, equipped with two claws, are operating in almost freezing water 5,000ft below the surface, in pitch black and strong currents.
    • Android definition
      A robot that is designed to look and act like a human being (not necessarily male)
  2. (chiefly science fiction) An intelligent mechanical being designed to look like a human or other creature, and usually made from metal.
    • 2010 January 26, Tom Chivers and Iain McDiarmid, The Telegraph:
      The robots in Dick's novel, loosely adapted by Ridley Scott into the film Blade Runner, were so similar to humans that when they went rogue, trained bounty hunters were called in to perform psychological tests to see whether suspected androids lacked human empathy.
  3. (figuratively) A person who does not seem to have any emotions.
    • 2006, Murray N. Rothbard, Making Economic Sense, page xiv:
      Yet surely he was a humorless robot of a man, spewing forth lonely and bitter critiques of all those lesser mortals with whom he could not identify.
  4. (South Africa) A traffic light (from earlier robot policeman).
  5. (surveying) A theodolite which follows the movements of a prism and can be used by a one-man crew.
    • Crew definition
      A group of people together
      1. Any company of people; an assemblage; a throng.
      2. A group of people (often staff) manning and operating a large facility or piece of equipment such as a factory, ship, boat, airplane, or spacecraft. (1 of 15 crew definitions)
  6. (dance) A style of dance popular in disco in which the dancer imitates the stiff movements of a stereotypical android robot.

Hyponyms

  • swarm robot

Derived terms

Descendants

Translations

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Further reading

Anagrams

References

  1. ^ Adams, Caralee (2021-03-24) , “Major SciFi Discovery Hiding in Plain Sight at the Internet Archive”, in Internet Archive Blogs[1] (in English), Internet Archive

Afrikaans robot definition

Etymology

Borrowed from Czech robot.

Pronunciation

Noun

robot (plural robotte)

  1. robot
  2. traffic light
    • 1997, Riana Scheepers, Dogters van Afrika. Verhale oor Suid-Afrikaanse Vroue, Tafelberg (publ.).
      As die robotte na groen oorslaan, brul hulle en storm vorentoe.
      When the traffic lights switch to green, they roar and storm forward.

Catalan robot definition

Etymology

From Czech robot.

Pronunciation

Noun

robot m (plural robots)

  1. robot

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Cebuano robot definition

Etymology

From English robot, from Czech robot, from robota (drudgery, servitude). Coined in the 1921 science-fiction play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek after having been suggested to him by his brother Josef.

Pronunciation

  • Hyphenation: ro‧bot

Noun

robot

  1. a machine built to carry out some complex task or group of tasks by physically moving, especially one which can be programmed
  2. an intelligent mechanical being designed to look like a human or other creature, and usually made from metal
  3. (figuratively) a person who does not seem to have any emotions
  4. a style of dance popular in disco whereby the dancer impersonates the movement of a robot

Czech robot definition

Etymology

From robota. Coined by Josef Čapek, it first appeared in the 1921 science-fiction play R.U.R. by his brother Karel Čapek.

Pronunciation

Noun

robot m

  1. robot

Declension

Related terms

Further reading

  • robot in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • robot in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Danish robot definition

Etymology

Ultimately from Czech robot.

Pronunciation

Noun

robot c (singular definite robotten, plural indefinite robotter)

  1. robot

References


Dutch robot definition

Etymology

Borrowed, likely from German Robot, from Czech robot. The plural is likely influenced by English or French.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈroː.bɔt/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ro‧bot

Noun

robot m (plural robots or robotten, diminutive robotje n)

  1. robot [from 1921]
    Synonym: kunstmens
    • Kunstmens definition
      artificial human (eg. a robot, golem or like Frankenstein's monster) (1 of 2 kunstmens definitions)

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French robot definition

Etymology

From Czech robot.

Pronunciation

Noun

robot m (plural robots)

  1. robot

Further reading


Hungarian robot definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈrobot]
  • Hyphenation: ro‧bot
  • Rhymes: -ot

Etymology 1

From Bavarian robat, robold, from Czech robota (forced labour, drudgery).

Noun

robot (plural robotok)

  1. (historical) socage, forced labour
    • Socage definition
      In the Middle Ages (and chiefly but not exclusively medieval England), a legal system whereby a tenant would pay a rent or do some agricultural work for the landlord.
    • Forced definition
      simple past tense and past participle of force
  2. (figuratively) hard work, drudgery
    • Hard definition
      Having a severe property; presenting difficulty.
      1. Resistant to pressure. (1 of 29 hard definitions)
Declension
Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)
singular plural
nominative robot robotok
accusative robotot robotokat
dative robotnak robotoknak
instrumental robottal robotokkal
causal-final robotért robotokért
translative robottá robotokká
terminative robotig robotokig
essive-formal robotként robotokként
essive-modal
inessive robotban robotokban
superessive roboton robotokon
adessive robotnál robotoknál
illative robotba robotokba
sublative robotra robotokra
allative robothoz robotokhoz
elative robotból robotokból
delative robotról robotokról
ablative robottól robotoktól
non-attributive
possessive - singular
roboté robotoké
non-attributive
possessive - plural
robotéi robotokéi
Possessive forms of robot
possessor single possession multiple possessions
1st person sing. robotom robotjaim
2nd person sing. robotod robotjaid
3rd person sing. robotja robotjai
1st person plural robotunk robotjaink
2nd person plural robototok robotjaitok
3rd person plural robotjuk robotjaik
Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Czech robot, from robota (forced labour, drudgery). Coined in the 1921 science-fiction play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) by Karel Čapek.

Noun

robot (plural robotok)

  1. robot
Declension

Same as above.

Derived terms
  • robotember
  • robotgép
  • robotpilóta
  • robotrepülőgép
 

Further reading

  • (socage; drudgery): robot in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh: A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962.

Italian robot definition

Etymology

From Czech robot

Noun

robot m (invariable)

  1. robot
  2. (computing) bot

Derived terms


Jamaican Creole robot definition

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɹʷoː.bʌt/
  • Hyphenation: ro‧bot

Noun

robot (plural: robot dem, quantified: robot)

  1. An illegal taxi.
    • 2013, “Robot – Patois Definition”, in Jamaican Patwah[2] (in English):
      “Slang expression for a vehicle that is operating as a taxi without the proper license that is required. []
    Mi n'ave nuh big money fi spen' pon taxi. See one robot a come deh. Mek wi tek it.
    I don't have a lot of money to spend on a cab. Here's an illegal taxi. Let's take that.

See also

  • route taxi

Latvian robot definition

Verb

robot (tr., 2nd conj., pres. roboju, robo, robo, past roboju)

  1. to notch
  2. to jag
  3. to make an incision (on)

Conjugation

Synonyms

  • grubuļot
  • izrobot

Norwegian Bokmål robot definition

Etymology

From Czech robota

Noun

robot m (definite singular roboten, indefinite plural roboter, definite plural robotene)

  1. a robot

References


Norwegian Nynorsk robot definition

Etymology

From Czech robota

Noun

robot m (definite singular roboten, indefinite plural robotar, definite plural robotane)

  1. a robot

References


Polish robot definition

Etymology

From Czech robot.

Pronunciation

Noun

robot m inan

  1. robot

Declension

Derived terms

Further reading

  • robot in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Portuguese robot definition

Noun

robot m (plural robots)

  1. Alternative form of robô
    • Robô definition
      robot

Romanian robot definition

Etymology

From French robot, from Czech robot.

Noun

robot m (plural roboți)

  1. robot

Declension


Serbo-Croatian robot definition

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /rôbot/
  • Hyphenation: ro‧bot

Noun

rȍbot m (Cyrillic spelling ро̏бот)

  1. robot

Declension


Slovene robot definition

Etymology

From Czech robot.

Pronunciation

Noun

robọ̑t m anim

  1. robot

Inflection

Masculine anim., hard o-stem
nom. sing. robót
gen. sing. robóta
singular dual plural
nominative robót robóta robóti
accusative robóta robóta robóte
genitive robóta robótov robótov
dative robótu robótoma robótom
locative robótu robótih robótih
instrumental robótom robótoma robóti

Spanish robot definition

Etymology

From English robot, from Czech.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /roˈbot/, [roˈβ̞ot̪]

Noun

robot m (plural robots)

  1. robot

Derived terms

Related terms

 

Swedish robot definition

Noun

robot c

  1. robot
  2. missile

Declension

Declension of robot 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative robot roboten robotar robotarna
Genitive robots robotens robotars robotarnas

Turkish robot definition

Etymology

From Czech robot via French or English.

Noun

robot (definite accusative robotu, plural robotlar)

  1. robot [from 1933]

Declension

Inflection
Nominative robot
Definite accusative robotu
Singular Plural
Nominative robot robotlar
Definite accusative robotu robotları
Dative robota robotlara
Locative robotta robotlarda
Ablative robottan robotlardan
Genitive robotun robotların

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