Subject: Robotics

Terms used to describe or discuss robots or other artificial beings.

Word Definition
android n. (1936) a robot or other artificial being made to resemble a human, esp. one made of synthetic flesh or a fleshlike material (in contrast to metal, plastic, etc.)
auton n. (1970) an autonomous robot or robotic device; (specif. in form Auton) in the British television series Doctor Who: one of a group of malevolent humanoid robots having plastic-like skin
bot n. (1969) a robot
Cyberman n. (1966) in the British television series Doctor Who: one of a race of emotionless cybernetic humanoids
droid n. (1952) a robot, esp. a humanoid one; an android
fembot n. (1976) a robot resembling a woman in appearance; (also) a woman characterized as having robotic behavior or demeanor
Frankenstein complex n. (1947) Isaac Asimov’s term for: the anxiety and distrust humans feel for robots
humanoid n. (1940) a non-human being that has a human-like bodily form
humanoid adj. (1940) esp. of a robot or alien: having a humanoid form; of or relating to humanoids
Law of Robotics n. (1944) in the writing of Isaac Asimov: each of three (later sometimes four) rules devised to govern the behaviour of robots
nanite n. (1989) a nanomachine designed to build other nanomachines; a self-reproducing nanorobot
nanorobot n. (1988) = nanobot n.
positronic adj. (1936) related to or designed to use positrons
replicant n. 1 (1980) an artificial being in the form of a human or other creature; an android
robo- prefix (1945) (used to form nouns with the sense ‘a robotic or automatic ——’)
robocop n. (1957) a robotic or bionic law enforcement officer
robot n. (1920) a (semi-)intelligent artificial being typically made of metal and resembling in some way a human or other animal
robotic n. (1950) a robot; a robotic device
robotic adj. (1928) of the nature of a robot; of or relating to robots; (also) that is a robot
robotical adj. (1942) of or relating to robots; (also) suggestive of a robot; mechanical
robotically adv. 1 (1924) in the manner of a robot; mechanically; without emotion
robotically adv. 2 (1953) by means of a robot or robotics
roboticist n. (1942) a scientist or engineer who studies or works with robots
roboticized adj. (1952) that is or has been made robotic
robotics n. (1941) the technology or science of the design, construction, operation, and use of robots and similar automatic devices
robotrix n. (1933) a robot assigned a female identity; a robot with female or feminine characteristics
sapient adj. (1935) of an alien or machine: intelligent; having human-like intelligence