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robot | r |

As a noun robot

is .

As a letter r is

the eighteenth letter of the.

As a symbol r is

roentgen (unit ).



(wikipedia robot)


(en noun)
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • (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:
  • 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.
  • (figuratively) A person who does not seem to have any emotions.
  • * Murray N. Rothbard, Making Economic Sense (page xiv)
  • 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.
  • (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
  • Synonyms

    * See


    * automaton


    * android

    Derived terms

    * bot * -bot * robotic * robotics * robo-

    See also

    * artificial intelligence * computer * cyborg * domotics * pedipulator * robot revolution South African English English terms derived from fiction ----



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    Etymology 1

    Modification of capital letter R by not closing the bottom of the loop but continuing into the leg to save a pen stroke, later shortening the right leg into a simple arc.


  • The eighteenth letter of the .
  • See also
    (Latn-script) * (select symbols) * (other scripts) Cyrillic * dog's letter

    Etymology 2


    (Alveolar trill) (head)
  • radius
  • alveolar trill
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  • Synonyms


    See also

    {{Letter , page=R , NATO=Romeo , Morse=·–· , Character=R , Braille=? }} Image:Latin R.png, Capital and lowercase versions of R , in normal and italic type Image:Fraktur letter R.png, Uppercase and lowercase R in Fraktur ----