Automatic meaning

ôtə-mătĭk
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An automatic machine or device.
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A transmission or a motor vehicle with an automatic gear-shifting mechanism.
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Done without conscious thought or volition, as if mechanically.
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Involuntary or reflex, as some muscle or gland action.
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An automotive vehicle having a transmission that changes gears automatically.
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The definition of automatic is something that moves or operates without conscious thought or external control.

An example of automatic is a vehicle that shifts gears without the driver's action.

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(mech.) Of or pertaining to a transmission, specif. an automotive transmission, designed to change gears automatically.
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An automatic (or, popularly, semiautomatic) firearm.
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Any automatic machine.
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Capable of operating without external control or intervention.

The automatic clothes washer was a great labor-saving device.

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Done out of habit or without conscious thought.

The reaction was automatic: flight!

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(of a firearm such as a machine gun) Firing continuously as long as the trigger is pressed until ammunition is exhausted.
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(computing, of a local variable) Automatically added to and removed from the stack during the course of function calls.
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A car with automatic transmission.

I never learned to drive a stick. I can only drive an automatic.

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A semi-automatic firearm.
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  • Functioning by or as if by automatic machine or device.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
automatic
Plural:
automatics

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Origin of automatic

  • From Greek automatos auto- auto- -matos willing men-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French automatique, from Ancient Greek αὐτόματον (automaton), neuter of αὐτόματος (automatos, “self-moving, moving of oneself, self-acting, spontaneous”), from αὐτός (autos, “self, myself”) + μέμαα (memaa, “to wish eagerly, strive, yearn, desire”).

    From Wiktionary