machine-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: any device that performs work by using energy

Commentary: MACHINE[+device][+physical][+performer][+work]

He read a great science fiction story where machines take over the world.
They are keeping him alive on a dialysis machine.
This machine can perform a billion instructions a second.
That Porsche is a sweet driving machine!
Can you use a sewing machine?
The tiny robotic machines scrub plaque out of human arteries.
This back hoe and the other machines on site were built in Japan.
He runs a machine tool shop.
In that story they used a time machine to travel back to medieval Europe.
He wants to know why two machines on the assembly line keep breaking.
This is a machine to make pasta.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 6, 4

Sense Number 2: an organization that efficiently performs its goals

Commentary: MACHINE[+organization][+efficient]

They needed to raise more money to feed the war machine.
He was endorsed by Chicago's Democratic machine.
His publication empire was a tremendous public opinion machine.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 5

Sense Number 3: a person who efficiently performs his/her goals

Commentary: MACHINE[+person][+efficient]

Each one of those Navy Seals is a lethal fighting machine.
The new secretary is an absolute filing machine!

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 4: a literary device to achieve dramatic effect

Commentary: MACHINE[+device][+abstract][+literary]

The machine of giving the protagonist amnesia is a shop-worn literary device.
The plot machines were very predictable in that action film.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3