machination

Definitions

  • "Jacintha was off her machine at once."
    "Jacintha was off her machine at once."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n machination a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

PART OF MACHINE OF PRIAM PART OF MACHINE OF PRIAM
Hand Shingle-Machine Hand Shingle-Machine
LOWELL MACHINE SHOP About 1860 LOWELL MACHINE SHOP About 1860
DANIEL LOVEJOY AND SON'S MACHINE KNIFE WORKS DANIEL LOVEJOY AND SON'S MACHINE KNIFE WORKS
LOWELL MACHINE SHOP LOWELL MACHINE SHOP
Trying Out the Flying Machine Trying Out the Flying Machine
Magneto-lectric machine Magneto-lectric machine
Paper making machine Paper making machine

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Antarctica has only one ATM machine.
    • Machination That which is devised; a device; a hostile or treacherous scheme; an artful design or plot. "Devilish machinations come to naught.""His ingenious machinations had failed."
    • Machination The act of machinating.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The sewing machine was patented on August 12, 1851, by Isaac Singer of Pittstown, New York.
    • n machination The act of machinating, or of contriving a scheme for executing some purpose, particularly a forbidden or an evil purpose; underhand plotting or contrivance.
    • n machination That which is planned or contrived; a plot; an artful design formed with deliberation; especially, a hostile or treacherous scheme.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: 53% prefer ATM machines over tellers.
    • ns Machination act of machinating or contriving a scheme for carrying out some purpose, esp. an evil one: an artful design or plot: Mach′inator, one who machinates
    • ***

Quotations

  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Man is a beautiful machine that works very badly.”
  • Karl Marx
    Karl%20Marx
    “Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.”
  • Valerie Solanis
    Valerie Solanis
    “To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he's a machine, a walking dildo.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The brain is the only part of the human machine that doesn't wear out. Probably it's because the brain is the only part that is not overworked.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!”
  • Flip Wilson
    Flip Wilson
    “You can't expect to hit the jackpot if you don't put a few nickels in the machine.”

Idioms

Cog in the machine - A person who does an unimportant job in a large company or organisation is a cog in the machine.
***
Well-oiled machine - Something that functions very well is a well-oiled machine.
***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. machinatio,: cf. F. machination,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. machināri, -ātusmachĭna.

Usage

In literature:

He had manufactured a hundred of the new machines and was prepared to put them on the market.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
The moment the boys had passed, Uncle Denny made a run for the machine.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Whether we ought to choose the one form of machine or the other depends entirely upon the external work the machine has to perform.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Although the machines were usually badly wrecked, the pilots were rarely severely hurt.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
Finally they did put him at a small machine press.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Nevertheless he loosed a drum of ammunition at the highest machine and grinned when he saw two rips appear in the wing of his machine.
"Tam O' The Scoots" by Edgar Wallace
It started building wagons and plows, and now it turns out machine tools and precision machinery.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
On my way there I fell in company with two gentlemen traveling together, one of whom was selling horse-rakes and the other threshing-machines.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
They were both covered with dust, though the machine was of a standard make, and needed only a good cleaning.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
In addition, efforts were made to extend the power, range and capacity of engine and machine.
"Aviation in Peace and War" by Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes
***

In poetry:

Our heritage they have possessed,
Exiled, devoured us at their will,
Consumed and wasted and oppressed
And machinate against us still.
"Establish Peace" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
Years pass in procession unending,
And ever the pale one is seen,
As over his work he sits bending,
And fights with the soulless machine.
"The Pale Operator" by Morris Rosenfeld
Your worship is your furnaces,
Which, like old idols, lost obscenes,
Have molten bowels; your vision is
Machines for making more machines.
"To Iron-Founders And Others" by Gordon Bottomley
This done, with a dignified mien
The two squirmed up on the machine,
And rode gayly away,
Or at least, so they say,
Who witnessed the wonderful scene.
"A Bicycle Built For Two" by Carolyn Wells
And small arms, too, will then be wrought
Into machines for cutting wheat;
While those who used them will be taught
To labor for their bread and meat.
"The Donation Visit" by David John Scott
Lean to the crowded air and hear,
Eavesdropper, how it goes inside
Your own deaf and roaring ear:
Boys caress the machines they ride
On the Day of Jubilo
"Jubilo" by Allen Tate

In news:

Machine A had filtered coolant while machine B operated with unfiltered coolant.
The machine in this video is from the same company that installed the last minute software patches on those machines in Ohio.
A rare peek at the machinations (and machines) behind a Saturday-night service.
Tools/Machines Tools & Machines Archives Bosch offers two new cutting blades for oscillating tools.
A photovoltaic assembly soldering machine uses machine vision to improve quality and throughput.
Machining centers make sense for this high volume process, even though the machines have continuously produced just one part for years.
2008 machine vision research results and advice from survey takers follows, along with links to 16 machine vision products and the machine vision online resource guide.
In total at this latest event, some 750 machines were refurbished and made ready for installation in schools, more than double the number of machines refurbished in the first such event held earlier this year.
Machine safety and product safety are alike when it comes to the issue of residual risk, according to Control Engineering Machine Safety blogger JB Titus, CFSE.
When used with high-precision milling machines the Big Plus system improves TIR, tool rigidity , surface-finish quality and machining accuracy, the company says.
It's a Rube Goldberg machine (which is one of those chain-reaction machines) but this one also incorporates a bunch of STUNTS.
Tools/Machines Tools & Machines Archives SawStop offering features safety device .
Acorn Project rides in a machine to play Rage Against the Machine at the Sawtooth Ridge Cafe.
It's all semantics : A glossary of machine-to-machine communications.
Swiss-Tech Inc, a Delavan, Wisconsin screw machine shop that specializes in Swiss-type parts, was mindful of that fact when it purchased its Star CNC bar machine.
***

In science:

Bennett’s results were obtained for Turing machines; strictly speaking, a Boolean network is not a Turing machine.
Maximum Power Efficiency and Criticality in Random Boolean Networks
They quoted that it permits to concatenate primitive machines for forming machines of much longer lengths.
Pseudo-random Sequences Generated by Cellular Automata
More precisely, the well-known Moore machines [Moo56] and Mealy machines [Mea55] have been used for decades to model the dynamics of digital components.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
For example, the Moore machine of Figure 7 represents the dynamics of the sequential machine implementing the logic function defined by Table 1.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
It is possible to expand the original Turing Machine model by allowing the TM to use an additional random generator, making it a probabilistic Turing Machine.
Local Hamiltonians in Quantum Computation
***