servomechanism love

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A feedback system that consists of a sensing element, amplifier, and servomotor, used in the automatic control of a mechanical device.
  • n. A self-regulating feedback system or mechanism: "We do not need to know in detail how the minute chemical servomechanisms of the muscles operate in order to move our arms” ( Harper's).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any system which controls motion automatically using feedback.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an electronically controlled mechanical or hydraulic device permitting a large action or strong forces to be controlled by a small electrical signal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. control system that converts a small mechanical motion into one requiring much greater power; may include a negative feedback system

Etymologies

servo(motor) + mechanism.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • In just a split second the robots were reduced to a sparking pile of crushed and mangled components, the occasional twitching servomechanism the only indication of any life.

    The Overload Protocol

  • C. Shaw developed a sensing device, controlled by a servomechanism, for a milling machine.

    c. Machines and Industrial Techniques

  • Next, a somehow tired humming sound, as of a very old servomechanism being called into use one final time, began to whine its way into their ears.

    Wizard and Glass

  • The "Internet Dog Feeder" consists of an ioBridge and a continuously-rotating servomechanism controlled via a web interface consisting of a video camera that shows your dog's bowl and "Feed Dog" and "Stop Feeding Dog" hyperlinks.

    CrunchGear

  • But don’t sprain a servomechanism hurrying, old friend.

    Ilium

  • "When a spaceship goes down to the Jovian surface, it's a radio-controlled job; it leaks like a sieve, to equalize pressure, but other­wise it's the sturdiest, most utterly powerful model ever designed; it's loaded with every instrument, every servomechanism, every safety device the human mind has yet thought up to protect a million-dollar hunk of precision equipment.

    Science Fiction Hall of Fame

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