adjective. resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine.
- -like (English)
- like (English)
- machine (English)
- machine (Middle French (ca. 1400-1600))
Example sentences of the word machinelike
1. Adverb, superlative
These machinelike ribosomes work quickly, adjoining 200 amino acids per minute in some cases; prokaryotes can add 20 amino acids per second.
It is a reference to the machinelike quality of the highly unusual-looking chrysalises.