[aw-tuh-mat-ik] /ˌɔ təˈmæt ɪk/
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. (def 2).
an automobile equipped with .
on automatic, being operated or controlled by or as if by an automatic device.
performed from force of habit or without conscious thought; lacking spontaneity; mechanical: an automatic smile
(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)
an automatic firearm
a motor vehicle having automatic transmission
a machine that operates automatically
“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.
[kuh-mur-shuh l] /kəˈmɜr ʃəl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or characteristic of commerce. 2. engaged in commerce. 3. prepared, done, or acting with sole or chief emphasis on salability, profit, or success: a commercial product; His attitude toward the theater is very commercial. 4. able to yield or make a profit: We decided that the […]
[kuh m-pleet] /kəmˈplit/ adjective 1. having all parts or elements; lacking nothing; whole; entire; full: a complete set of Mark Twain’s writings. 2. finished; ended; concluded: a complete orbit. 3. having all the required or customary characteristics, skills, or the like; consummate; perfect in kind or quality: a complete scholar. 4. thorough; entire; total; undivided, […]
[kuh m-pet-i-tiv] /kəmˈpɛt ɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. of, pertaining to, involving, or decided by : competitive sports; a competitive examination. 2. well suited for ; having a feature that makes for successful : a competitive price. 3. having a strong desire to or to succeed. 4. useful to a competitor; giving a competitor an advantage: […]
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