What is the difference between android and robot?
Android is a hyponym of robot.
As nouns the difference between android and robot
is that android
is a robot that is designed to look and act like a human (usually male) while robot
is a machine built to carry out some complex task or group of tasks, especially one which can be programmed.
As a adjective android
is possessing human qualities.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
* androides (dated)
A robot that is designed to look and act like a human (usually male)
* gynoid, fembot
A machine built to carry out some complex task or group of tasks, especially one which can be programmed.
* 2010 , Tim Webb, The Guardian , 16 May 2010:
(chiefly, science fiction) An intelligent mechanical being designed to look like a human or other creature, and usually made from metal.
* 2010 , Tom Chivers and Iain McDiarmid, The Telegraph , 26 Jan 2010:
- 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.
(figuratively) A person who does not seem to have any emotions.
* Murray N. Rothbard, Making Economic Sense (page xiv)
- 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.
(South Africa) A traffic light (from earlier robot policeman ).
(surveying) A theodolite which follows the movements of a prism and can be used by a one-man crew.
A style of dance popular in disco whereby the dancer impersonates the movement of a robot
- 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.