automatic meaning

[ ˌɔ:tə'mætik ] Pronunciation:   "automatic" in a sentence
Adjective: automatic  `otu'matik
  1. Operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control
    "automatic transmission"; "a budget deficit that caused automatic spending cuts" 
  2. Resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine
    "an automatic 'thank you'"
    - automatonlike, machinelike, robotlike, robotic 
  3. Without volition or conscious control
    "the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light"
    - reflex, reflexive
Noun: automatic  `otu'matik
  1. Light machine gun
    - automatic rifle, machine rifle 
  2. A pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released
    - automatic pistol

Derived forms: automatics

See also: autoloading, automated, automatically, automatize, automaton, involuntary, machine-controlled, machine-driven, mechanical, self-acting, self-activating, self-loading, self-locking, self-moving, self-regulating, self-winding, semiautomatic, smart

Type of: automatic firearm, automatic gun, automatic weapon, handgun, machine gun, pistol, shooting iron, side arm

Antonym: manual

Encyclopedia: Automatic


Said of a door, window, or other opening protective device that is so constructed and arranged that, when actuated by a predetermined temperature or rise in temperature, it will operate as intended.



(about a machine, device, etc.) having controls that work without needing a person to operate them:

automatic doors

an automatic gearbox/transmission (= in a car, etc.)


always happening as a result of a particular action or situation:

There is an automatic fine for late payment.

A further drop in the share price would trigger automatic sell orders.

automatically // adverb:

The system automatically deletes any viruses attached to emails.

The permit is usually granted automatically.

Self-regulating, independent of human intervention. Some periodic adjustment might be needed.

Having a self-acting mechanism that performs a required act at a predetermined time or in response to certain conditions.


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  1. a fine for this offence is automatic.
  2. hate is an automatic response to fear.
  3. it is not entirely suited to automatic computation.
  4. in this area are located automatic regulators.
  5. she set the camera on automatic.

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