Definition of automatic in English:

automatic

Line breaks: auto|mat¦ic
Pronunciation: /ɔːtəˈmatɪk
 
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adjective

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
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  • Many renovated and new restrooms are including automatic sensors to control faucets and toilets.
  • Now incorporating automatic light beam control, the car will automatically activate its lights when it becomes dark.
  • A mechanical arm turns pages every couple of seconds while an automatic machine translator wired to this device bangs out English text.
Synonyms
1.1(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
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  • We have come under automatic machine-gun fire.
  • A rifle and two automatic firearms were confiscated.
  • He had tried to talk her into bringing an automatic firearm, as the assault would be a heavy one, but she was stubborn, and insisted that the knives would suit her fine.
1.2(Of a motor vehicle or its transmission) using gears that change by themselves according to speed and acceleration: a four-speed automatic gearbox
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  • These engines are mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic transmission.
  • This car is fun to drive on twisting country roads, thanks to a well-programmed 6 speed automatic gearbox with a tiptronic option.
  • The engine is combined with a new 6-speed automatic gearbox which gives excellent quality gear changes.
2Done or occurring spontaneously, without conscious thought or attention: automatic physical functions such as breathing ‘Nice to meet you,’ he said, with automatic politeness
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  • Thinking, memory and attitude operate on two levels: the conscious/deliberate and the unconscious / automatic.
  • Finally, termination is present when the new behavior has become rather automatic and requires no conscious effort.
  • Sometimes, these beliefs are so quick and reflexive that they're automatic, but they still shape our behavior.
Synonyms
2.1Done or occurring as a matter of course and without debate: he is the automatic choice for the senior team
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  • If this player was always an automatic choice, the omission of some members of the victorious Scottish team in the European Team Championships has raised a few eyebrows.
  • They would have been automatic first team choices, but instead they remain sidelined for the remainder of the year as they recover from their respective injuries.
  • The other side of the coin is that he has had to leave out players who were once automatic choices, and it's not a task he enjoys.
2.2(Especially of a legal sanction) given or imposed as a necessary and inevitable result of a fixed rule or particular set of circumstances: he received an automatic one-match suspension
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  • The President would not be required to impose automatic sanctions but would have a waiver power.
  • Failure to produce a licence when stopped by the police will result in the automatic punishment of one penalty point.
  • He or she is compelled to make an application to resist or to avoid automatic suspension under the rule.
Synonyms
inevitable, unavoidable, inescapable, unpreventable, necessary, ineluctable; certain, definite, undoubted, assured, obvious; mandatory, compulsory

noun

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1A gun that continues firing until the ammunition is exhausted or the pressure on the trigger is released: the rapid fire of automatics
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  • The incessant firings from cannons, mortars, tanks, machine-guns and automatics continue throughout the night.
  • It became the best-known automatic or ‘assault rifle’ in the world.
  • Make the manufacture of handguns, automatics and certain semiautomatics and their corresponding ammunition illegal.
2A vehicle with automatic transmission: a Mercedes 300SL five-speed automatic
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  • Must they be required by law only to drive automatics?
  • I prefer the control that manual gears give, and I've always had a bit of a problem with phantom-clutch foot when driving an automatic.
  • One day, one day, they will be too old to drive it, they will want an automatic with airbags and ABS and cruise control.

Origin

mid 18th century: from Greek automatos 'acting of itself' (see automaton) + -ic.

Derivatives

automatically

adverb
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  • Data scanned could be sent to a database that is searched automatically for certain triggers.
  • Entrants must keep both hands flat against the car or they are automatically disqualified.
  • If you are not at the pitch at the designated time the game will automatically be awarded to the opposition.

automaticity

Pronunciation: /ɔːtəməˈtɪsɪti/
noun
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  • Stolz's research looks into the cognitive processes that control attention and automaticity.
  • These children are able to produce legible handwriting but they do not achieve automaticity of handwriting.
  • The left hemisphere gets involved when stimuli and patterns are familiar and serves to establish automaticity of the task.

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