Phrases with "machines"

Olaf Stapledon Organisms seem like machines that make themselves. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

William Morris I don’t quite admit that; it is the allowing machines to be our masters and not our servants that so injures the beauty of life nowadays. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Jack London They don’t want the machines destroyed. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H. G. Wells It was as absurd now to cling to those old expressions as it would be to try to electrify Russia with the frictional electric machines or the zinc and copper batteries of 1864. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The machines closed, there was a crash which I felt though I could not hear it, and next second both were hurtling down, over and over, to the earth. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Jules Verne The machines were of all makes and nationalities. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

H. G. Wells A mighty space it was, with gigantic machines here and there within it, huge mounds of material and strange shelter places. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Jules Verne Vous verrez, cela vaut toutes les machines du monde! — Il faut avouer, répondit Shandon, que cette année ne se présente pas sous une apparence favorable. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

Jack London And all the time our men waited in the refuge, weapons in hand — automatic revolvers and rifles, to say nothing of half a dozen infernal machines of Biedenbach’s manufacture. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H.P. Lovecraft Set B-67 on the table near where you’ve put the machines — and see that the dial switch on all three machines is jammed over to the extreme left. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

D. H. Lawrence Their wills were fixed like machines on happiness, or fun, or the-best-ever. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence Just then two more enemy machines appeared and landed in about the same place. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

To Swift, science was merely a kind of futile muckraking and the machines were non-sensical contraptions that would never work. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

And the new machines that make all impossibilities come to pass inspire a significant class of supernatural stories. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

George Eliot How then can machines supersede us? — they depend upon us. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Rudyard Kipling The resources of Mr. Henry Ford’s machines did not run to spare parts of my car’s type, but — it was a beautiful night for camping-out. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

The machines that keep us alive, and the machines that make machines, are all directly or indirectly dependent upon coal. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Catherine Helen Spence Reaping machines were used, not worked by horses. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Olaf Stapledon Squadron upon squadron, their intricate machines thundered toward the target, heavy with death. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells For some appreciable length of time, at any rate, these two arrays of gigantic war machines converged upon each other without another shot. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Jules Verne Very probably, at least, the two machines had been built by the same hand. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Zona Gale At a touch the prince’s car was drawn to the road’s extreme edge, and the Golden Guards rode furiously back along the train, hailing the peaceful, slow-going machines into orderly retreat. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Theodore Dreiser It was a place rather dingily lighted, the darkest portions having incandescent lights, filled with machines and work benches. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The expense of these buildings must have been considerable, but, as the construction of the vast machines they shelter was more so, it may be good economy. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Tobias Smolle Betwixt the well and the harbour, the bathing machines are ranged along the beach, with all their proper utensils and attendants. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Jules Verne Les machines sont trop faibles pour lui. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

Isabella Bird That is, they drew machines like heavy wood sleds, with transverse revolving wooden rollers set with iron fans at different angles, which cut the straw to pieces. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Jules Verne Un chômage forcé s’imposera donc aux machines du monde entier, si quelque nouveau combustible ne remplace pas le charbon. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

These were the workshops of Vincent, where he built his machines and housed them from prying eyes. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Arnold Bennett Big James regretted that the larger machines could not be seen in action, and that the place was getting chilly. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

You see mysterious machines of which you never learn the purpose, and bundles of tools slung together on wires, and sometimes mice darting away from the beam of the lamps. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

H. G. Wells Thence, too, flashed the world-wide messages, the world-wide falsehoods of the news-tellers, the chargers of the telephonic machines that had replaced the newspapers of the past. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

The time to go there is when the machines are roaring and the air is black with coal dust, and when you can actually see what the miners have to do. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

H. G. Wells They travelled swiftly in machines upon the high road or walked, and ever and again the shadow of a silent soaring aeroplane would pass over him. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Willa Cather They merely knew how to live, he discovered, and spent their money on themselves, instead of on machines to do the work and machines to entertain people. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Jules Verne Les machines dynamo-électriques des capitaines Krebs et Renard, développant une force de douze chevaux, imprimèrent une vitesse de six mètres cinquante, en moyenne. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

Olaf Stapledon When at last the dull-witted armies of Russia and China with their irresistible war machines attempted to cross the belt, their personnel was mysteriously reduced to infantilism. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

A little later the despised machines began working, physical science increased its scope, and there came the celebrated conflict between religion and science which agitated our grandfathers. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

D. H. Lawrence Girls got their thumbs pierced, and sewing machines absolutely refused to stop sewing, once they had started, and absolutely refused to start, once they had stopped. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence You could tell the difference between our machines and the Germans. Ours was a steady noise — drrrrrrrr! — but their’s was heavy, drrrrRURUrrrrRURU! — My word, that got on my nerves . Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon One or two of the great machines in some of the former industrial regions were successfully maintained by a caste of priestly engineers, and put in action on holy days. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells The machines kept everybody pretty busy during the first spell, and then came a recess. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

D.H. Lawrence And England was conquering the world with her machines and her horrible destruction of natural life. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

It regards animal bodies as machines impelled by certain forces, and performing an amount of work which can be expressed in terms of the ordinary forces of nature. On the Study of Zoology by Thomas Henry Huxley

Jules Verne Captain Nemo took me to the galleys, where the vast distillatory machines stood that furnished the drinkable water by evaporation. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

T. E. Lawrence Our machines flying two hundred miles to this, their new base, could not fail to see its electrum shield reflecting the sunlight. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Jules Verne Libre à eux d’examiner le dispositif des machines et l’aménagement de l’aéronef, ou d’accorder toute attention au paysage dont le relief se déployait au-dessous d’eux. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

Even the slot machines that were dotted along the bank were out of order. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

H. G. Wells The evening was full of warm-tinted clouds, and the raiders and the fighting machines were no doubt dodging each other above that canopy. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

In all such machines there is a central source of power, and the parts of the machine are merely passive distributors of that power. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Mark Twain O.M. It could drive lathes, drills, planers, punches, polishers, in a word all the cunning machines of a great factory? Y.M. It could. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells And soon the machines must have exhausted their feed of ink and paper, and thumped and banged and rattled emptily amidst the general quiet. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Wilkie Collins Nature’s only idea seems to be to make them machines for the production of incessant noise. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

For almost every modern Western man has his inventive faculty to some extent developed; the Western man invents machines as naturally as the Polynesian islander swims. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Maria Edgeworth I had new models made of the sieves for lueing, the box and trough, the buddle, wreck, and tool [Footnote: The names of vessels and machines used in the Cornish tin-mines. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells They flew — that was all right; they flew in machines heavier than air. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

D. H. Lawrence New machinery was brought from America, such as the miners had never seen before, great iron men, as the cutting machines were called, and unusual appliances. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Already the cinematographs were at work taking pictures of the crowd and the machines and their various pilots. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Jules Verne En pratique, elle était limitée à des dessins de machines à vapeur. Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle And he did prepare the new negatives from which the prints you have were made, and he has a room full up with weird machines with handles and devices used in photography . The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Jules Verne Quelques remous bruyants annonçaient que les machines s’essayaient. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

T. E. Lawrence Then the lightened machines soared up and home to El Arish. The Arabs rejoiced: the Turks were seriously alarmed. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The other idea is that this is the age of machines and that to dislike the machine, or even to want to limit its domination, is backward-looking, reactionary and slightly ridiculous. Collected Essays by George Orwell

T. E. Lawrence The machines were flying towards us, for the next bombs were nearer; and the last fell just in front, with a shattering, dusty roar, by our captured camels. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells The boarded-up shop was dark and depressing beyond words, the few scandalous hiring machines had never looked so hopelessly disreputable. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Jules Verne L’air aspiré par les machines fusait à travers les galeries d’aération. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

H. G. Wells Either the airmen were indisposed to fight or the commanders on both sides preferred to reserve these machines for scouting. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

H.P. Lovecraft One of them was linked at two of the sockets to a pair of singular-looking machines that stood in the background. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle You don’t see it, you say? Well, just think of Scott’s “Border Ballads,” and then of Macaulay’s “Lays.” The machines must be alike, when the products are so similar. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

H. G. Wells His mind ran on machines and invention, to the exclusion of a thousand dark things that beset me. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson I am very glad I am here, for my machines are my own children and I look on their little failings with a parent’s eye and lead them into the path of duty with gentleness and firmness. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne James Starr se tenait debout, devant la porte du vaste appentis, sous lequel avaient si longtemps fonctionné les puissantes machines à vapeur du puits d’extraction. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

D. H. Lawrence In that room were two round spiral machines on the bench under the window. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

They are so many special machines in the general machine which constitutes the individual. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Jules Verne Le tintamarre des machines était alors assourdissant. Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

Virginia Woolf To return to the meaning — Are machines the devil, or do they introduce a discord . Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Gustave Flauber He sought to invent terrible machines such as had never before been constructed. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

William Makepeace Thackeray At midnight (as far as I could judge) the horses were put to the waggons, and the creaking lumbering machines were put in motion. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

H. G. Wells The wings flapped jerkily, click, block, clitter clock, and the machines drove up; they spread and ceased, and the apparatus came soaring through the air. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

People invent new machines and improve existing ones almost unconsciously, rather as a somnambulist will go on working in his sleep. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

T. E. Lawrence There were old Albatros machines in the sheds, and men lounging about. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

D. H. Lawrence Piece after piece of the flooring gave way, and the machines dropped in red ruin as the wooden framework burned out. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Le ronflement des machines accompagnait le sifflement de la brise dans les haubans de fer qui résonnaient comme les cordes d’une harpe. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

James Joyce More Irish than the Irish. The machines clanked in threefour time. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

We must only exist as machines for the maintenance of the proper church services and for the relief of the sick and poor. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jules Verne Les cages montaient et descendaient sans relâche, halées par les énormes tambours des machines installées à la surface du sol. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

Ford Madox Ford He always said they were like threshing machines . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Mon Dieu! He might be stronger than Salted–Mouth, otherwise Drink-without-Thirst, but the machines were stronger yet. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry Adams Between the dynamo in the gallery of machines and the engine-house outside, the break of continuity amounted to abysmal fracture for a historian’s objects. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Jules Verne Disons maintenant que la vitesse maximum de Standard–Island, lorsque ses machines développent leurs dix millions de chevaux, peut atteindre huit noeuds à l’heure. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

G. K. Chesterton I do not demand faith in the fable, but I have not been discouraged in the moral, by seeing motoring lead to massacre, aviation destroy cities and machines increase unemployment. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Jules Verne The dynamo-electric machines of Captain Krebs and Renard had developed a force of twelve horsepower and yielded a speed of six and a half yards per second. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Jules Verne Les machines des fabriques d’électricité sont intactes. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Ford Madox Ford However, he expected, probably, that beastly Americans would come flying in the beastly machines to buy the beastly old junk. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Jules Verne Mais, grâce à l’habileté de l’ingénieur, à la puissance des machines employées, l’édifice, un instant compromis, retrouva son aplomb, et le forage continua. De La Terre a La Lune by Jules Verne [1865]

H. G. Wells But with these machines — Sir, this ride of ours will count among the historical rides of the world!” He came near to striking an attitude. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There are three machines in the hangars, rejected by the Government because they are unarmoured and not heavy enough for serious bombing. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Gustave Flauber The top of it should be paved so that the machines might be rolled along. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

William Morris The multiplication of labour has become a necessity for us, and as long as that goes on no ingenuity in the invention of machines will be of any real use to us. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Jules Verne L’hélice avait été désembrayée, et toute la force des machines portée sur le cabestan eut rapidement ramené les appareils à bord. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

We rushed our machines to the nearer gate, for both were shut, and we got through and swung it home behind us in the nick of time. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Arthur Morrison The machines became invisible, and little could be seen of the riders across the ground but the row of rhythmically working, legs and the white cap that Gillett wore. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

H.P. Lovecraft On some of them were great globes of luminous crystal serving as lamps, and inexplicable machines formed of vitreous tubes and metal rods. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Jules Verne Les machines du Great Eastern sont justement considérées comme des chefs-d’oeuvre, — j’allais dire des chefs-d’oeuvre d’horlogerie. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

Leslie Stephen Their vitality was nearly extinct; but they were regarded as convenient personifications of abstract qualities, machines for epic poetry, or figures to be used in allegory. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Rudyard Kipling Mass-psychology being much the same in machines as in men, we presently accumulated three lorries, who debated together with the crispness of the coming morning’s self. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Theodore Dreiser Out of the array of machines and benches, Mr. Brown signalled a foreman. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. Rider Haggard I don’t say he isn’t; but from personal experience I know that he is an awful prig, and thinks that all women are machines constructed to advance the comfort of your noble sex. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling For the moment, but only for the moment, the new machines are outstripping mankind. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Rudyard Kipling I have a book at home that gives a summary with diagrams, of practically every attempt at perpetual-motion machines that have ever been invented for the last two hundred years. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Olaf Stapledon Only by night did we observe them in action, moving over the bare rock or busy with machines and other artificial objects, instruments of their civilization. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells The machines were all noisily at work, and nothing seemed to be disarranged. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Henry Adams For him to conceive that his memory could compete for school prizes with machines of two or three times its power, was to prove himself wanting not only in memory, but flagrantly in mind. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

The great hall was vibrating from the machines and black shadows filled the air. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

This is a favourite diversion all over Germany. They are little machines fixed upon a sledge, that hold a lady and gentleman, and are drawn by one horse. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Sinclair Lewis It’s machines and so on, isn’t it? What d’you think, Dad?’ Fred Cornplow, in the manner of a Roman candle on Fourth of July evening, suddenly flowered and flamed in parental rage. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth Gaskell And much Carsons will care, for they’re well insured, and the machines are a’ th’ oud-fashioned kind. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Ford Madox Ford The barest hint! Poor old Christopher, who was now probably at that very minute in one of those beastly machines overhead, coming back from Groby. . Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

D.H. Lawrence The machines were more to his soul than the sun. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

But each of these special machines is itself compounded of many tissues of very different natures, which in truth constitute the elements of those organs” (l. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

But now there are visitors peering and fingering, and in the towns children of six and seven years work in the dark, and the machines have come to take the bread out of men’s mouths. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

During that third week of May the situation in Baskul had become much worse and, on the 20th, air force machines arrived by arrangement from Peshawar to evacuate the white residents. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Jules Verne Ornithopters, machines which endeavour to reproduce the natural flight of birds. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

H. G. Wells The road was a long and very broad and high tunnel, along which big-wheeled machines drove noiselessly and swiftly. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Arnold Bennett Of the several machines it drove but one, the grand cylinder, the last triumph of the ingenuity of man, and even that had to be started by hand before the engine would consent to work it. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Gustave Flauber The machines were set up on the terrace, although the latter did not as yet reach everywhere to the height of the rampart. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

H.P. Lovecraft Afterward I saw them everywhere; swarming in all the great chambers and corridors, tending monstrous machines in vaulted crypts, and racing along the vast roads in gigantic, boat-shaped cars. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

I can handle any aeroplane, once it is explained to me, and Freddy here, says that your uncle’s machines have many improvements likely to tell against competitors. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Anatole France Ce sont des machines dressées contre l’armée. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Like Shrike, the man they imitated, they were machines for making jokes. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

H. G. Wells The Poles had the numerical superiority, but the German machines were more efficient and better handled. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

T. E. Lawrence At the moment more Turkish machines got up from Amman and quartered the rough hills northward from Muaggar, looking for us. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells Here and there huge agricultural machines hunched under waterproof covers. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

George Gissing Before long there’ll be machines for washing and dressing people—machines for feeding them—machines for——” His wrathful imagination led him to grotesque ideas which ended in laughter. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

H. G. Wells These Sloten machines carried no bombs or guns, but they were to report any movement of troops to Dreed and Steen-hold. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

We are workers — men by whose labor everything is created, from gigantic machines to childish toys. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Jules Verne The fact that the two machines had not yet appeared at the same time added weight to the idea. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Rudyard Kipling My machines do everything for me except strike. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Jules Verne Traps were again set, and the machines manufactured by Harding were tried. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

His own country’s pronouncement was uttered in the passionless and definite phraseology a machine would use, if machines could speak. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

H. G. Wells The machines had to be protected from sabotage, A man with a bomb might play havoc there. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

She had always suspected that those slot machines were as dishonest as if they were human. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A hundred of those little machines of yours with our selling weight behind should go every morning. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

As an inventor and constructor of machines I know that to be true. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Arnold Bennett Darius was standing between the machines and the dismantled window, his back to the latter. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Then Vincent asked me to visit Sheepeak to inspect his machines and I wrote several articles in ‘The Moment’. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

What you have to do is to secure one of Vincent’s machines and try for this race. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

The Recorder of Self-Inflicted Miseries mentions several instances of loss of life by the bursting of one of the air machines used by the manufacturers of mineral waters. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

D. H. Lawrence I’d wipe the machines off the face of the earth again, and end the industrial epoch absolutely, like a black mistake. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells It became a sort of quarry for nuts and screws and wheels, bars and spokes, chain-links and the like; a mine of ill-fitting “parts” to replace the defects of machines still current. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Jules Verne Many and noted were the machines entered for this great race. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

These jagueys, as they are called, are very common in Mexico, where there are few rivers, and where the use of machines for raising water is by no means general as yet. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Radclyffe Hall Parbleu! Such is modern warfare! A machine could do the whole cursed thing better — we shall all be nothing but machines in this war. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

D. H. Lawrence He installed another plant of machinery — acetylene or some such contrivance — which was intended to drive all the little machines from one big belt. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Ten of these torturing machines were crammed full of the passengers who left the boat with us. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

This is, that the huge bureaucratic machines of which we are all part are beginning to work creakily because of their mere size and their constant growth. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Jules Verne Tant que ses machines ont fonctionné en parfait accord, Standard–Island a pu sans peine refouler ces courants. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

H. G. Wells The phonographs of the story-tellers, the kinematograph entertainments, the news machinesnone of them are to be found there. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

H.P. Lovecraft I recall glimpsing the archway to the room of machines and almost crying out as I saw the incline leading down to where one of those blasphemous trap-doors must be yawning two levels below. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Jules Verne Aux machines à vapeur d’Henri Giffard, à l’emploi de la force musculaire de Dupuy de Lôme, s’étaient peu à peu substitués les moteurs électriques. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle By one o’clock or after there was a row of machines two deep for four blocks from the Hall, with heavily armed guards to each, and the prisoners without arms inside. The Last Resource by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells Consequently, when the raid was made — all the machines employed were brought down on their way home — nothing ensued but a temporary fever accompanied by retching and purging. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Three machines — three horses — three flounderings — three turnings round — three splashes — three gentlemen, disporting themselves in the water like so many dolphins. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Ford Madox Ford There were threshing machines droning away all over the night. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

H. G. Wells There are no machines to the power of our hands, no helps to fit our needs. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Thomas Hardy Certain mechanical improvements might have been noticed in the roundabouts and high-fliers, machines for testing rustic strength and weight, and in the erections devoted to shooting for nuts. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy