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Etymology

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

Pronunciation

Adjective

automatic (not comparable)

Positive
automatic

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Capable of operating without external control or intervention.
    The automatic clothes washer was a great labor-saving device
  2. Acting out of habit; without conscious thought.
    My reaction of fear was automatic.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Firing continuously as long as the trigger is pressed and ammunition is not exhausted.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Being added and removed from the stack automatically during the course of function calls.

Translations

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Noun

Singular
automatic

Plural
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  1. A car with automatic transmission.
    I never learned to drive a stick. I can only drive an automatic.
  2. (proscribed) A semi-automatic pistol.

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