Definition of Automatic

1. Noun. Light machine gun.

2. Adjective. Operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control. "A budget deficit that caused automatic spending cuts"

3. Noun. A pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released.

4. Adjective. Resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine. "Machinelike efficiency"
Exact synonyms: Automatonlike, Machinelike, Robotic, Robotlike
Similar to: Mechanical
Derivative terms: Automatize, Automaton

5. Adjective. Without volition or conscious control. "Sneezing is reflexive"
Exact synonyms: Reflex, Reflexive
Category relationships: Physiology
Similar to: Involuntary
Derivative terms: Reflex

Definition of Automatic

1. a. Having an inherent power of action or motion.

Definition of Automatic

1. Adjective. Capable of operating without external control or intervention. ¹

2. Adjective. Done out of habit or without conscious thought. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: of a firearm such as a machine gun) Firing continuously as long as the trigger is pressed until ammunition is exhausted. ¹

4. Adjective. (computing of a local variable) Automatically added to and removed from the stack during the course of function calls. ¹

5. Noun. A car with automatic transmission. ¹

6. Noun. A semi-automatic firearm. ¹

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Definition of Automatic

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Automatic

1. 1. Having an inherent power of action or motion. "Nothing can be said to be automatic." (Sir H. Davy) 2. Pertaining to, or produced by, an automaton; of the nature of an automaton; self-acting or self-regulating under fixed conditions; especially. Applied to machinery or devices in which certain things formerly or usually done by hand are done by the machine or device itself; as, the automatic feed of a lathe; automatic gas lighting; an automatic engine or switch; an automatic mouse. 3. Not voluntary; not depending on the will; mechanical; as, automatic movements or functions. "Unconscious or automatic reasoning." (H. Spenser) Automatic arts, such economic arts or manufacture as are carried on by self-acting machinery. Origin: Cf. F. Automatique. See Automaton. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Automatic

automated clearing house
automated clearing houses
automated differential leukocyte counter
automated teller
automated teller machine
automated teller machines
automatic audiometer
automatic audiometry
automatic beat
automatic choke
automatic condenser
automatic contraction
automatic data processing
automatic data processing machine
automatic data processing machines
automatic data processing system
automatic distance control
automatic drive
automatic epilepsy
automatic face recognition

Literary usage of Automatic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions by American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1916)
"It will be confined to a discussion of the automatic control of lathes and screw machines for the reason that these arts show the most highly developed ..."

2. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1920)
"Automatic substations as shown by several years' operation have resulted in decided economies and improved operating conditions, and as the subject has not ..."

3. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"The typical cases of primarily automatic actions are the rhythmical ... We adopt Waller's distinction between the simple reflex and the automatic process. ..."

4. The Proceedings of the Hague Peace Conferences: Translation of the Original by James Brown Scott, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Division of International Law (1921)
"ARTICLE 2 Automatic submarine contact mines which on leaving their mooring-place ... ARTICLE 3 The use of automatic submarine contact mines to establish or ..."

5. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1893)
"THE Automatic ACTIONS OF THE SPINAL CORD. S 596. We speak of an action of an organ or of a living body as being spontaneous or automatic when it appears to ..."

6. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1883)
"Then you also enjoy automatic selection of your own discrete counting program. Plus automatic calibration. And a higher figure of merit than any other ..."

7. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1910)
"An Adjustable Automatic Burette.—While working at the Minnesota Experiment ... The need of something of an automatic nature was felt, but nothing could be ..."

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