Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Possessing human features.
  • noun A mobile robot or automaton, especially one that resembles a human.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An automaton resembling a human being in shape and motions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A machine or automaton in the form of a human being.
  • adjective Resembling a man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A robot that is designed to look and act like a human (usually male)
  • adjective Possessing human qualities

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an automaton that resembles a human being

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek ἀνδρός (andros), genitive of ἀνήρ (anēr, "man") + -eides ("of the species; alike"), from eidos ("species")

Examples

  • My Tracks on the android is a fantastic (and free) app for recording your jogging/walking/biking routes that includes uploading of stats and route to google docs – highly recommended.

    Five Best Exercise Planning And Tracking Tools | Lifehacker Australia

  • If the android is an utterly familiar trope, or rationalised to the most rigorous degree, or both, surely it can't continue to function as a novum.

    Strange Fiction 8

  • Zhang Chunxiang/Xinhua/Zumapress.com Humanoid robots are defined as android robots designed in human forms, with two legs and two arms.

    Robot Olympics Kicks Off in China

  • Furthermore, android is the correct term for a masculine robot and gynoid is the term for a feminine robot.

    Top 10 Coolest Movie Robots » Scene-Stealers

  • I (and Dictionary. com) think of "- oid" as indicating "like"; an android is like a man, rather than a tidbit of a man!

    A View: The Science=Atheism Meme

  • For Mr. Hanson the missing android is an open sore, straining his relations with Mr. Dick's foundation and the author's two surviving daughters, who provided access to much of Mr. Dick's nonpublished materials, which were downloaded into the android's brain.

    Boing Boing

  • A robot intelligence rebuilt his body in android form, he has a mastery of time and space travel and mental powers beyond the minor telepathies he employed before.

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: The Transition of Titus Crow - Brian Lumley

  • The android is constructed using silicone and steel and sometimes replace the roboticist in his meetings and classes.

    Korea Develops Female Android

  • The non-judgemental attitude of the android is perfect for telling the story while remaining detached from any ethical dilemmas, and the mixture of high tech gadgets and a familiar English backdrop makes a pleasing combination.

    Scheherazade Magazine #28 | SciFi UK Review

  • The non-judgemental attitude of the android is perfect for telling the story while remaining detached from any ethical dilemmas, and the mixture of high tech gadgets and a familiar English backdrop makes a pleasing combination.

    SciFi UK Review | Archive | November

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  • I can not understand why, I just love this word. I get a strange urge to buy anything with android as its name.

    July 17, 2008