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clockwork
Related words NOUN

operated by a set of springs that work when


all-singing, all-dancing
ADJECTIVE you turn a handle or key
BRITISH an all-singing, all-dancing system
or piece of equipment is come on stream
very advanced and able to do everything
you want it to to start to work or be effective

analog cordless
ADJECTIVE

another spelling of analogue a cordless tool or piece of equipment works wi


thout being connected to the electricity supply

analogue
ADJECTIVE digital
ADJECTIVE
SCIENCE using signals or information represent
ed by continuously changingquantities of spac a digital clock or instrument shows information

e, electrical current etc as a row of numbers

automatically electric
ADJECTIVE
ADVERB

by a machine, without people doing anything working by electricity

auxiliary electrical
ADJECTIVE
ADJECTIVE

auxiliary equipment or systems are available f working by electricity

or use if the main one fails


entry-level
ADJECTIVE
built
entry-level equipment is the
ADJECTIVE

used for showing where most basic or simple type intended for people

a machine or structure was produced or made who are beginning an activity

clean fail-safe
ADJECTIVE
ADJECTIVE

clean machines and processes do


not create a lot of pollution
designed to make a machine or piece of equip heat-seeking equipment is able to find
ment stop working if part of something using the heat it produces
it stops operating normally
heavy
ADJECTIVE
female
ADJECTIVE heavy machines, vehicles,
a female part of a machine has a hole in it into or weapons are large and powerful
which a male part fits
homing
ADJECTIVE
first generation
NOUN used for describing military equipment such as
the first type of a missile that is able to find
a particular machine or piece of equipment to a particular place or object
be produced
hydraulic
ADJECTIVE
foot
NOUN a hydraulic machine uses the pressure of wat
operated using your foot or feet er or oil to make it work

gas-fired inflatable
ADJECTIVE NOUN

using gas as a fuel an object that you fill with air before you use it,
for example a ball or boat
graduated
ADJECTIVE
in working order
a graduated container or piece of equipment h
as marks on it to show measurements working correctly, without any problems

hard-wired ADJECTIVE
ADJECTIVE
labour-saving equipment such as washing
a hard-wired computer system or other machines and vacuum cleaners so that you
system cannot be changed by do not have to spend a lot of time doing them
the userbecause it has been built to operate in yourself
a particular way

male
heat-seeking ADJECTIVE
ADJECTIVE
a male part of a device has a if a machine or piece of electrical equipment is
long narrow piece that fits into a hole on, it is in use or working

manned on-board
ADJECTIVE ADJECTIVE

operated or controlled by people. Some fitted as part of a car, plane etc


people avoid using this word because they
think it is offensive to women, and they use one-man
ADJECTIVE
staffed or crewed instead
designed for just one person

manual
ADJECTIVE on-off
ADJECTIVE
operated without electricity
an on-off switch is one that
you press to make a machine work or stopwor
mechanical
ADJECTIVE king
operated by a machine or system
of moving parts plug-in
ADJECTIVE

a plug-in piece of equipment gets power by


mechanical
ADJECTIVE being connected to an electricity supply by
relating to engines and machines, and the means of a plug
way that they work
pneumatic
ADJECTIVE
motorised
a pneumatic tool or piece of equipment works
another spelling of motorized using compressed air

portable
NOUN

multi-user something that is portable,


ADJECTIVE
for example a small computer, television, or
involving or capable of dealing with
other small piece of electrical equipment
a lot of different users at the same time

power
on ADJECTIVE
ADVERB
operated by electricity or by a motor
used for describing a part of
push-button
ADJECTIVE a machine that moves around by itself

operated by pressing a button or switch


single
ADJECTIVE
radio-controlled
ADJECTIVE designed for one person, or used by
a radio- one person
controlled toy or piece of equipment is operate
d using radio signals souped-up
ADJECTIVE

INFORMAL made faster or


redundant
ADJECTIVE more powerful or effective

designed to operate instead of


a piece of electronic equipment or system if spring-loaded
ADJECTIVE
it fails
operated by a spring inside

reliable
ADJECTIVE steam
NOUN
a reliable vehicle, piece of equipment, or
operated by steam
system always works well

two-way
remote ADJECTIVE
ADJECTIVE
able both to send and to receive messages
capable of being operated from a distance or
by using a remote control
unconnected
ADJECTIVE
right-hand not joined to a system,
ADJECTIVE
for example in order to provide or receive elec
designed or intended for the right hand
tricity or communication

right-handed
ADJECTIVE unmanned
ADJECTIVE
designed to be used by a right-handed person
used for describing a building or machine that
does not have any staff there to manage or
robotic
ADJECTIVE operate it. Some people avoid using this word
ADVERB
because they consider it offensive to women,
using electronic signals instead of wires
and use unstaffed or uncrewed instead

unsophisticated
ADJECTIVE

used for describing simple tools and pieces of


equipment that are not advanced

user-friendly
ADJECTIVE

a user-friendly system
or piece of equipment is easy to use
or understand

voice-activated
ADJECTIVE

a machine or piece of equipment that is voice-


activated begins to operatewhen
it hears someones voice

wind-up
ADJECTIVE

a wind-up toy or machine is one


that works when you turn a key several times

wired
ADJECTIVE

able to receive electronic or computer signals

wireless
ADJECTIVE

wireless technology, systems,


or equipment such as mobile phones does not
use wires,
but communicates using electronic signals

wirelessly