having the capability of starting, operating, moving, etc., independently:
an automatic sprinkler system; an automatic car wash.
Physiology. occurring independently of volition, as certain muscular actions; involuntary.
done unconsciously or from force of habit; mechanical:
an automatic application of the brakes.
(of a firearm, pistol, etc.) utilizing the recoil or part of the force of the explosive to eject the spent cartridge shell, introduce a new cartridge, cock the arm, and fire it repeatedly.
a machine that operates automatically.
Football. audible (def 2).
an automobile equipped with automatic transmission.
on automatic, being operated or controlled by or as if by an automatic device.
You know the facebook ‘A Look Back’ feature that automatically selects highlights of your facebook life?
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First there’s the SCRAM system, it automatically ejects the control rods into the core and shuts the plant down.
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This man, your oppressor, is automatically morally defeated, and if he has any conscience, he is ashamed.
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And no journalist who has ever quoted an anonymous source should automatically assume that he is.
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This Kabuki dance propelling some right and others just as automatically left should become more free form.
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Kimberley was automatically relieved; Cronje was on the run.
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He is not automatically a gentleman, but at least he has become capable of learning how to be one.
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An automatically controlled ship was sent ahead, and began the bombardment.
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automatically she gives him his bath, his massage, his run in the park.
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Persons in this class, on stepping into your machine, automatically transfer all their money troubles to you.
Of All Things Robert C. Benchley
performed from force of habit or without conscious thought; lacking spontaneity; mechanical: an automatic smile
(of a device, mechanism, etc) able to activate, move, or regulate itself
(of an act or process) performed by such automatic equipment
(of the action of a muscle, gland, etc) involuntary or reflex
occurring as a necessary consequence: promotion is automatic after a year
(of a firearm)
utilizing some of the force of or gas from each explosion to eject the empty shell case, replace it with a new one, and fire continuously until release of the trigger Compare semiautomatic (sense 2)
short for semiautomatic (sense 2) See also machine (sense 5)
an automatic firearm
a motor vehicle having automatic transmission
a machine that operates automatically
1834, “involuntarily, unconsciously;” see automatic + -ly (2).
“self-acting, moving or acting on its own,” 1812, from Greek automatos, used of the gates of Olympus and the tripods of Hephaestus (also “without apparent cause, by accident”), from autos “self” (see auto-) + matos “thinking, animated” (see automaton). Of involuntary animal or human actions, from 1748, first used in this sense by English physician and philosopher David Hartley (1705-1757). In reference to a type of firearm, from 1877; specifically of machinery that imitates human-directed action from 1940.
“automatic weapon,” 1902, from automatic (adj.). Meaning “motorized vehicle with automatic transmission” is from 1949.
- Automatically programmed tools
automatically programmed tools language (APT) A language for numerically controlled machine tools. Versions: APT II (IBM 704, 1958), APT III (IBM 7090, 1961). [“APT Part Programming”, McGraw-Hill]. [Sammet 1969, p. 605]. (1995-05-04)
having the capability of starting, operating, moving, etc., independently: an automatic sprinkler system; an automatic car wash. Physiology. occurring independently of volition, as certain muscular actions; involuntary. done unconsciously or from force of habit; mechanical: an automatic application of the brakes. occurring spontaneously: automatic enthusiasm. (of a firearm, pistol, etc.) utilizing the recoil or part […]
the technique, method, or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum. a mechanical device, operated electronically, that functions automatically, without continuous input from an operator. act or process of automating. the state of being automated. Contemporary Examples Beyond doubt, the steady […]
to make automatic. automate. verb to make (a process, etc) automatic or (of a process, etc) to be made automatic v. 1837, “to make into an automaton;” see automaton + -ize. Meaning “to make automatic” attested by 1952. Related: Automatized; automatizing.