finite-state machine

- A machine which can be completely described by a finite set of defined states. Such a machine must be in one of these states at any given moment, and there is a set of conditions which determine when it moves from one state to another. Also, a design model which can be so described. Used, for instance, to design specialized digital systems. Its abbreviation is FSM. Also called finite-state
__automaton__, or state machine. - acronym FSM
- synonym finite-state automaton

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