Machíne. n.s. [machina, Latin; machine, French. This word is pronounced masheen.]
- Any complicated piece of workmanship.
We are led to conceive this great machine of the world to have been once in a state of greater simplicity, as to conceive a watch to have been once in its first materials. Burnet.
In a watch's fine machine,
The added movements which declare
How full the moon, how old the year,
Derive their secundary pow'r
From that which simply points the hour. Prior.
- An engine.
In the hollow side,
Selected numbers of their soldiers hide;
With inward arms the dire machine they load,
And iron bowels stuff the dark abode. Dryden.
- Supernatural agency in poems.
The marvellous fable includes whatever is supernatural, and especially the machines of the gods. Pope.