a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own motive power; robot.
a person or animal that acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence.
something capable of acting automatically or without an external motive force.
noun (pl) -tons, -ta (-tə)
a mechanical device operating under its own hidden power; robot
a person who acts mechanically or leads a routine monotonous life
1610s, from Latin automaton (Suetonius), from Greek automaton, neuter of automatos “self-acting,” from autos “self” (see auto-) + matos “thinking, animated, willing,” from PIE *mn-to-, from root *men- “to think” (see mind (n.)).
- Automatrix, inc.
automatrix, inc. company The company which produced CAM-PC. Address: Ballston Spa, NY, USA. (http://automatrix.com/). (1995-04-21)
noun a small device inserted in a photocopier to enable the process of copying to begin and to record the number of copies made Historical Examples The crank was an autometer, or self-measurer, and in that respect your superior and mine, my little drake. It Is Never Too Late to Mend Charles Reade
plural noun items connected with cars and motoring of interest to the collector
idiomorphic (def 1). Historical Examples automorphic, aw-to-mor′fik, adj. marked by automorphism, the ascription to others of one’s own characteristics. Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various