Automation Definition

The automatic operation or control of equipment, a process, or a system.
American Heritage
The use of self-regulating machinery, electronic equipment, etc. to make a manufacturing system or process operate at greater speed and with little or no human intervention.
Webster's New World
The techniques and equipment used to achieve automatic operation or control.
American Heritage
The use of equipment or devices, esp. computers, in any system or process so as to improve its efficiency or effectiveness.
Automation in education.
Webster's New World
The condition of being automatically controlled or operated.
American Heritage

Origin of Automation

  • From automatic (coined by a Ford Executive Vice President Delmar S. Harder in the 40s)

    From Wiktionary

  • From automatic

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

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