an instrument combining the functions of a telescope and collimator, for detecting and measuring very small deviations in a beam of light.
a feature of a word processor, email program, web browser, etc., that automatically predicts the remaining characters in a word or phrase based on what has been typed or input before: If you supply the information, your browser will be able to use autocomplete to fill out online forms. to complete (a sequence of characters), […]
autoconf software, tool The GNU project’s tool that configures a source code distribution to compile and run on a different platform. Among open source hackers, a mere running binary of a program is not considered a full release; what’s interesting is a source tree that can be built into binaries using standard tools. Since the […]
autoconfiscate software, jargon A term coined by Noah Friedman meaning to set up or modify a source-code distribution so that it configures and builds using the GNU project’s autoconf/automake/libtools suite. (2002-09-20)
a software feature that automatically replaces a word in a word-processed document, text message, spreadsheet, or search box, or suggests an alternative word, if the word does not appear in a built-in dictionary. to correct by use of this built-in dictionary: I typed ‘foluw’, and it autocorrected to ‘follow’. Contemporary Examples Note that the software […]