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.
(informal, chiefly, British, dated in US) A male person.
* 1922 , , Right Ho, Jeeves , ch. 19:
(UK, slang) Informal address to a male.
:Hi geezer , you alright?
(informal, chiefly, US, sometimes, mildly, derogatory) An old person, usually a male, typically a cranky old man.
* 2000 , Moira McDonald, "
- You are a silly young geezer .
Outtakes," Seattle Times , 25 Aug. (retrieved 6 Sep. 2008):
* 2014 , The Geezer Gallery, "[http://www.geezergallery.com/content/why-geezer]," (retrieved 31 Jan 2014):
- The technical term for a female geezer is "old broad," but this is irrelevant, as nobody in Hollywood makes films about women over 55.
(British) A device for boiling water for such domestic uses as heating or washing; a boiler. The normal spelling is water (geyser).
- Why Geezer? Why would a fine arts gallery choose a name that conjures images of a grumpy old guy sitting on the front porch hollering, “get off my lawn”?