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-travelling killer robots'
‘The new NS 5 Automated Domestic Assistant carries out all your household chores, and robots also collect garbage, deliver packages, walk dogs.'
‘We still need men to hunker down inside the killing machines, still dream of the day robots will do our bidding so we never need to bloody our hands.'
‘We will see a time where humans and robots coexist without complicated interpersonal family issues or blind machine prejudice.'
2.A 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'
‘For adults, it seems like robot vacuums and iPods are getting a lot of play.'
‘However I called Julie the AMTRAK Robot and learned that Train 97 was running about 47 minutes late.'
‘Science and design also are brought together with interactive robots and large-scale computer graphics.'
3.A person who behaves in a mechanical or unemotional manner.
‘public servants are not expected to be mindless robots'
‘Movies are not computers, and we're not robots, though the industry likes to think that.'
‘The lead character changed physically, reinforcing his point that no matter what physical changes we can undergo we're all just genetically programmed robots here.'
‘People cannot do that unless they're living in a dictatorship and want to be dictated to behave like robots.'
‘Search engine robots are automated programs that traverse the web, indexing page content and following links.'
‘What's good for the visitor is often good for the search engine robots.'
‘waiting at a robot I caught the eye of a young woman'