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nounplural automata, plural automatons
- The earliest ‘robots’ were the fixed-base mechanical automatons of the 18th century.
- The story went that Descartes was so struck with grief that he created an automaton, a mechanical doll, built exactly identical to his dead daughter.
- With 842 lots, the sale will be in two parts: fine toys, biscuit tins and toy soldiers next Tuesday; and mechanical music, automata, dolls and doll's houses on October 30.
- He manages to create a believable world of automatons and clockwork mechanisms against a backdrop of the real world.
- The camera pans right to left, over the mechanical cymbals, et cetera, on to the automaton playing the drums.
- And in one sense there's nothing new about them - humanoid automata have captured the popular imagination for centuries.
- Paris became a center for high-quality hand-crafted automata and porcelain dolls in the 19th century.
- In the late 1700s, a performer-cum-scientist in the court of Maria Theresa displayed a wooden automaton seated at a gear-filled cabinet.
- Originally, the challenge was to design an automaton that could walk unassisted.
- This reproduction does not simulate the jerky movements of a sci-fi automaton, however, but the strange instruments of a science fiction soundtrack.