Short for automatic.
Relating to cars
The outer covering of a motor vehicle (typically made of metal, fibreglass, or plastic), as distinguished from its chassis; frequently attributive.
A boot or load which is performed automatically by a computer, especially after being switched on; a facility which allows a computer to do this.
To boot or load automatically; to perform an auto-boot.
A campsite for motorists; = motor camp.
Any of various clubs or organizations for motorists or car enthusiasts.
A facility on a microwave oven which automatically selects the correct cooking time and temperature when programmed by the user for a particular type or weight of food.
A facility on a video camera, music player or recorder, etc., which automatically fades an image or the volume in or out.
A dead body which is preserved, clothed, and displayed as though still living, as a memorial to the deceased.
A facility by which the iris of a camera is adjusted automatically when a picture is taken.
A mechanism on a machine for automatically lubricating a chain, engine, or other part.
A number of car and truck dealerships situated together, either in a dedicated retail location or on the same street.
A facility which automatically turns off a device, machine, etc., especially after a preset period of time.
The United States–Canada automotive products agreement.
A device or facility for automatically scanning something; a scan performed by such means.
A facility on a record player or (later more usually) a cassette player for automatically stopping operation once a record or cassette has played to the end, or when a cassette has finished rewinding or fast-forwarding.
A facility by which a zero is automatically produced, especially in an instrument reading or an input.
An automatic fire alarm, burglar alarm, etc.; specifically a ship's alarm which transmits a distress signal by radio when triggered.
A facility by which a telephone, modem, or other device, on receiving an incoming signal, automatically establishes a connection with the source and sends a response.
A facility on a video camera, music player or recorder, etc., which automatically fades in an image or the volume.
A facility by which a flash is automatically operated when there is insufficient ambient light for a photograph.
= auto-following noun.
A facility on a device, machine, etc., which automatically repeats an operation; specifically a function on a tape player, digital music player, etc., which automatically repeats the track or sequence of tracks just played; the setting which enables this.
A facility on a record player by which the pick-up arm is returned automatically to its resting place after a record has played to the end.
A facility by which something unwound is automatically rewound; specifically the facility by which a film or tape is automatically wound back to the start when the end is reached.
Radio and Television. A facility by which a receiver or tuner can automatically scan a range of frequencies or channels and locate ones at which there is a strong signal.
The theft of a motor vehicle; crimes of this type considered collectively.
An automatic timer; especially one which switches a device on or off at a preset time.
Also with capital initials. A train which transports motor cars together with their drivers and passengers; a rail service of this type.
An automatic valve.
A facility by which the settings of a camera are automatically adjusted so as to give a true representation of the colours of a subject regardless of whether the ambient light is natural or artificial; usually attributive, especially in auto white balance.
Automatically register (someone) as a member of a scheme, especially a company pension scheme, without that person’s active authorization
Relating to sexual excitement generated by stimulating or fantasizing about one’s own body
To become active automatically. Also with object: to cause (something) to become active automatically.
An specialist in analysing the automobile industry or market, especially for an investment company.
That is able to boot or load automatically; that can perform an auto-boot.
A facility which enables a refrigerator or freezer periodically to defrost itself automatically.
The state or process of self-destruction; a function, setting, etc., which brings this about. Chiefly figurative.
Of a thing: to destroy itself automatically, especially when preset to do so; = self-destruct.
A facility on a video camera, music player or recorder, etc., which automatically fades out an image or the volume.
Fiction based on (a part of) the author's life, fictionalized autobiography; a work of this type.
An automatic gearbox for a motor vehicle.
Spontaneous ignition of a combustible mixture, without an external source of ignition (such as a flame or spark); specifically this event in an internal-combustion engine.
That locks automatically.
A facility on an audio tape player allowing the reverse side of a tape to play automatically once the first side has finished; frequently attributive.