automatic

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Etymology[edit]

From French automatique, from Ancient Greek αὐτόματον (autómaton), neuter of αὐτόματος (autómatos, self-moving, moving of oneself, self-acting, spontaneous), from αὐτός (autós, self, myself) + μέμαα (mémaa, to wish eagerly, strive, yearn, desire).

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automatic (not comparable)

  1. Capable of operating without external control or intervention.
    The automatic clothes washer was a great labor-saving device
  2. Done out of habit or without conscious thought.
    The reaction was automatic: flight!
  3. (of a firearm such as a machine gun) Firing continuously as long as the trigger is pressed until ammunition is exhausted.
  4. (computing, of a local variable) Automatically added to and removed from the stack during the course of function calls.
  5. (mathematics, of a group) Having one or more finite-state automata

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  • (capable of operating without external control): manual
  • (without conscious thought): voluntary

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Noun[edit]

automatic (plural automatics)

  1. A car with automatic transmission.
    I never learned to drive a stick. I can only drive an automatic.
  2. A semi-automatic firearm.

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