1(especially in science fiction) a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically.‘the robot closed the door behind us’
- ‘a sci-fi movie about time-traveling killer robots’
- 1.1A machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer.‘half of all American robots are making cars or trucks’
- ‘a robot arm’
- 1.2A person who behaves in a mechanical or unemotional manner.
- ‘public servants are not expected to be mindless robots’
2Computinganother term for crawler
1920s from Czech, from robota ‘forced labor’. The term was coined in K. Čapek's play R.U.R ‘Rossum's Universal Robots’ (1920).