automatic number identification
(ANI) A service that tells the recipient of a telephone call the telephone number of the person making the call. This number can be passed to computer equipment to automatically retrieve associated information about the caller, i.e. account status, billing records, etc.
- Automatic pilot
Aeronautics. an airborne electronic control system that automatically maintains a preset heading and attitude. Also called automatic, autopilot, gyropilot, robot. on automatic pilot, functioning in an unthinking or reflexive manner. Contemporary Examples Tell them that true friendship does not thrive on an automatic pilot. Why Obama Will Address Israelis, Not Their Politicians Fania Oz-Salzberger March […]
- Automatic pistol
a type of pistol having a mechanism that throws out the empty shell, puts in a new one, and prepares the pistol to be fired again. Contemporary Examples Then a man holding an automatic pistol appeared from a passageway between two buildings. Jonylah Watkins, Gunned Down in Chicago, Was a ‘Happy Baby’ Michael Daly March […]
- Automatic redial
a telephone service feature whereby the last number dialed is automatically called again, either after a specified time or when activated by the user.
- Automatic repeat
noun a key on the keyboard of a typewriter, computer, etc, which, when depressed continuously, produces the character repeatedly until the key is released