Machine – That which gives power

Machine – An apparatus using mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task.

The word ‘machine’ dates back to the 1540s, it came across from French, where the word meant the same as it does today. ‘Machine’ is derived from the Latin word ‘machina’ meaning ‘machine’ but particularly those used for war. We can trace the word right back to the Proto-Indo-European word ‘macg-ana’ which meant ‘that which gives power’, with ‘macg’ meaning ‘power’.

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