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Meaning of automation

au•to•ma•tion

Pronunciation: (ô"tu-mā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
  2. a mechanical device, operated electronically, that functions automatically, without continuous input from an operator.
  3. act or process of automating.
  4. the state of being automated.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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