'a machine' and 'a device'

tulipflower

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Can we use 'machine' and 'device' interchangeably? How are they different?
 

andrewg927

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Re: 'a machine' and 'a devise'

Not usually. To me, a device is much smaller than a machine. Ex. A phone is a device but a washing machine is a machine.
 

emsr2d2

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Re: 'a machine' and 'a devise'

Tulipflower, I have corrected the spelling of "device" in your title. You wrote "devise" which is a verb.
 

jutfrank

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Re: 'a machine' and 'a devise'

A machine is a piece of mechanical apparatus. It has mechanisms (moving parts).

A smartphone is electronic, not mechanical. It's an electronic device.
 
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