adding machine

add ma·chine
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad muh-sheen]
    • /æd məˈʃin/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad muh-sheen]
    • /æd məˈʃin/

Definitions of adding machine words

  • noun adding machine a mechanical device, operated manually or electrically, for adding and often subtracting, multiplying, and dividing 3
  • noun adding machine a machine that automatically performs addition (and often subtraction, division, etc.) when certain keys are pressed 3
  • noun adding machine a machine capable of adding numbers and sometimes capable of performing the other arithmetic functions of subtraction, multiplication, and division: such machines are now obsolescent, having been replaced in most applications by electronic calculators. 1
  • noun adding machine A simple mechanical or electromechanical calculator that could only perform simple calculations such as addition or subtraction. 0

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Origin of adding machine

First appearance:

before 1870
One of the 26% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1870-75

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Parts of speech for Adding machine


adding machine popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 6% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for adding machine

noun adding machine

  • calculator — A calculator is a small electronic device that you use for making mathematical calculations.
  • computer — a device, usually electronic, that processes data according to a set of instructions. The digital computer stores data in discrete units and performs arithmetical and logical operations at very high speed. The analog computer has no memory and is slower than the digital computer but has a continuous rather than a discrete input. The hybrid computer combines some of the advantages of digital and analog computers
  • abacus — An abacus is a frame used for counting. It has rods with sliding beads on them.
  • pocket calculator — an electronic calculator small enough to be carried on one's person.
  • totalizer — a person or thing that totals.

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