mechanical translation

mechanical translation

[mi′kan·ə·kəl tranz′lā·shən]
(computer science)
Automatic translation of one language into another by means of a computer or other machine that contains a dictionary look-up in its memory, along with the programs needed to make logical choices from synonyms, supply missing words, and rearrange word order as required for the new language. Also known as machine translation.
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To amateur translators, or people new to the field, Translation Cloud intends to serve as a sort of mechanical translation tutor, tracking the accuracy of their proofreading skills.
Much of the confidence in the scope of mechanical translation, which marked the 1950s and early sixties, has ebbed.
simultaneous and mechanical translation," which was being used to great effect at the United Nations and had been a huge success when tested the previous year in Ottawa at the North Atlantic Alliance conference.
By using rolling drums, belts, wheels, perforated tape and typewriter-like output methods, were the first truly mechanical translation devices (Freigang 2001).