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1(of a device or process) working by itself with little or no direct human control:an automatic kettle that switches itself off when it boils calibration is fully automatic (of a firearm) self-loading and able to fire continuously until the ammunition is exhausted or the pressure on the trigger is released:automatic weapons (of a motor vehicle or its transmission) using gears that shift by themselves according to speed and acceleration:a four-speed automatic gearbox 2done or occurring spontaneously, without conscious thought or intention:automatic physical functions such as breathing “Nice to meet you,” he said, with automatic politeness occurring as a matter of course and without debate:he is the automatic choice for the senior team (especially of a legal sanction) given or imposed as a necessary and inevitable result of a fixed rule or particular set of circumstances:for missing the team workout, he received an automatic one-game suspension
1an automatic machine or device, in particular. a gun that continues firing until the ammunition is exhausted or the pressure on the trigger is released. a vehicle with automatic transmission. 2 Footballanother term for audible.