\Au*tom"a*ton\, n.; pl. L. Automata
, E. Automatons
. [L. fr. Gr. ?, neut. of ? self-moving; ? self + a root ma, man, to strive, think, cf. ? to strive.] 1. Any thing or being regarded as having the power of spontaneous motion or action.
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