A machine is a tuil containin ane or mair pairts that uises energy tae perform an intendit action. Machines are uisually pouered bi mechanical, chemical, thermal, or electrical means, an are eften motorized. Historically, a pouer tuil an aa required movin pairts tae classify as a machine. However, the advent o electronics technology haes led tae the development o pouer tuils wioot movin pairts that are considered machines.[1]

Bonsack's machine
James Albert Bonsack's cigarette rollin machine, inventit in 1880 an patentit in 1881.

A simple machine is a device that simply transforms the direction or magnitude o a force, but a lairge nummer o mair complex machines exist. Examples include vehicles, electronic seestems, molecular machines, computers, televeesion, an radio.


  1. The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Edition. Houghton Mifflin Co., 1985.