from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a contrivance that brings about by complicated means what apparently could have been accomplished simply.
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- n. United States cartoonist who drew intricate diagrams of very complicated and impractical contraptions that accomplished little or nothing (1883-1970)
Like Fairweather’s Rube Goldberg drawing, the immune system seems booby-trapped with control mechanisms that, when breached, cause the body to go haywire.
The United Nations Development Programme UNDP calls this Rube Goldberg machine a “multifunctional platform.”