automatic: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ô"tu-mat'ik), [key]
— adj.
  1. having the capability of starting, operating, moving, etc., independently: an automatic sprinkler system; an automatic car wash.
  2. occurring independently of volition, as certain muscular actions; involuntary.
  3. done unconsciously or from force of habit; mechanical: an automatic application of the brakes.
  4. occurring spontaneously: automatic enthusiasm.
  5. (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.
  1. a machine that operates automatically.
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  4. audible (def. 2).
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  7. an automobile equipped with automatic transmission.
  8. being operated or controlled by or as if by an automatic device.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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