- a passenger vehicle designed for operation on ordinary roads and typically having four wheels and a gasoline or diesel internal-combustion engine.See also hybrid(def 5b).
- of or relating to automobiles; automotive.
Origin of automobile
Examples from the Web for automobile
Strange was a surgeon who lost the use of his hands in an automobile accident.The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician
December 8, 2014
Because the automobile essentially was a motorized quadricycle.Pryor Dodge's Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History
September 15, 2014
He claimed that any serious conversation about poverty must include the issue of automobile access.How Cars, Not Subways, Will Make Us Richer
June 4, 2014
Or an expert on cars who refuses to look under the hood of an automobile.Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting
March 18, 2014
“General Motors did not start out to be a health care company that occasionally built an automobile,” Punaro said.The H.M.O. That Kills Terrorists
February 27, 2014
For that reason, as well as because of the fumes in his brain, he did not hear the coming of the automobile.Way of the Lawless
Away with it and its limitations, and those of its big brother, the automobile!A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
The variable (an audible) part of the roadway for an automobile.The Devil's Dictionary
He would have made a good radiator ornament on an automobile.
Along came the automobile, an eight-cylinder Super Junkster.
- another word (esp US) for car (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for automobile
"self-propelled motor vehicle," 1895, from French automobile, short for véhicule automobile (see automobile (adj.)). The modern Greek calls it autokineto "moved of itself." The French word had competition in the early years from locomobile; in English other early forms were motorcar and autocar.