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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Well-oiled machine - Something that functions very well is a well-oiled machine.
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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
But during the time that Grim Hagen held the tower he must have found the plans for the flying machine, or maybe even one of the machines.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
A new machine which could make a man remember not his own past, but the past of his ancestors.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
A machine gun company with mule-drawn carts led the movement from Ansauville into the front.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
And upon that highest pinnacle, that chanced to be just below the ruddy star, was an astounding machine.
"Astounding Stories, July, 1931" by Various
She found him so handy that she asked him if he could not invent a machine to take the seeds out of the cotton.
"The Story of Our Country"
A scalpel was on the table and had been in contact with the machine.
"Electricity and Magnetism" by Elisha Gray
Machine guns in countless numbers spat venomously from both sides.
"The Iron Division, National Guard of Pennsylvania, in the World War" by H. G. Proctor
Since August 21, 1918, the British had captured over 17,000 prisoners and a great number of cannon and machine guns.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VIII (of VIII)" by various
And the faster the machine works the hotter will the tool get.
"The Romance of War Inventions" by Thomas W. Corbin
The smell was a mixture of machine-oil and salt, jungle air, Florida swamp and Detroit steel.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
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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.
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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
We also prove two negative results: a) there exists a universal machine whose universality cannot be proved in PA, b) there exists a universal machine U such that, based on U , PA cannot prove the randomness of its halting probability.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
A prefix-free machine is a Turing machine, shortly, machine, from strings to strings whose domain is a prefix-free set. A machine is universal if it can simulate every machine.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
A machine U is universal if for every machine V there is a constant c (depending upon U and V ) such that for all strings s, t, if V (s) = t, then U (s′ ) = t for some string s′ of length |s′ | ≤ |s| + c.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
If U is a universal machine, then for every machine we can effectively construct a constant c (depending on U and C ) such that HU (x) ≤ HC (x) + c, for all x.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
Theorem 14 There exist a provably universal machine and a universal machine that is not provably universal.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
The set of all provably prefix-free machines is c.e., so if (Mi )i is a computably enumeration of provably prefix-free machines, then the machine U defined by U (0i 1x) = Mi (x) is a provably universal machine.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
Corollary 24 For every universal machine U there exists a provably universal machine U ′ such that ΩU = ΩU ′ .
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
Comment There is no contradiction between Corollary 24 and Theorem 27: there exist a universal machine Ut and a provably universal machine Uj such that ΩUt = ΩUj and ΩUt 6= γf (i) , for all i: PA cannot prove the randomness of ΩUt based on Ut , but can prove the randomness of ΩUt = ΩUj based on Uj .
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
We proved two negative results showing the importance of the representation for provability of randomness: a) there exists a universal machine whose universality cannot be proved in PA, b) there exists a universal machine U such that, based on U , PA cannot prove the randomness of ΩU .
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
Each Turing machine has a finite set of instructions, hence th e set of all Turing machines can be enumerated.
Second Quantized Kolmogorov Complexity
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