from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is capable of performing a variety of often complex human tasks on command or by being programmed in advance.
- n. A machine or device that operates automatically or by remote control.
- n. A person who works mechanically without original thought, especially one who responds automatically to the commands of others.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A machine built to carry out some complex task or group of tasks, especially one which can be programmed.
- n. An intelligent mechanical being designed to look like a human or other creature, and usually made from metal.
- n. A person who does not seem to have any emotions.
- n. A traffic light (from earlier robot policeman).
- n. A theodolite which follows the movements of a prism and can be used by a one-man crew.
- n. A style of dance popular in disco whereby the dancer impersonates the movement of a robot
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mechanism that can move automatically
Czech, from robota, drudgery.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 , and taken into the English translation without change. (Wiktionary)