- automata theory,
- automated teller machine,
- automated-teller machine,
- automatic beat,
- automatic camera,
- automatic data processing,
- automatic door,
- automatic exposure
Origin of automatic
Examples from the Web for automatic
Hovering above the scene, commandos in helicopters were poised with automatic rifles.
The low crunch of packed dirt against rubber tire was overwhelmed by the ragged explosions of automatic gunfire.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo|Nina Strochlic|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead we heard the crackle of automatic gunfire and we could see gray smoke rising from the eastern side of the town.In the Battle for Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But for How Long?|Jamie Dettmer|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He now stands in the self-proclaimed caliphate, also holding a child as well as an automatic weapon.
A little girl was given an automatic weapon to play with this week.9-Year Old With an Uzi? America Is Tougher on Toys Than Guns|Cliff Schecter|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Every automatic co-ordinated act is not of necessity cortical.Tics and Their Treatment|Henry Meigne
If the brake cylinder pipe breaks, can the locomotive brake be applied with the automatic brake valve?The Traveling Engineers' Association|Anonymous
Johnny would stand little show with him in a duel, good as his automatic was.Triple Spies|Roy J. Snell
Nay, between the two cases there is a parallelism even in respect of the exceptions to this automatic action.Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I|Herbert Spencer
Strangely enough the reverse has been true in the development of the automatic system.Cyclopedia of Telephony and Telegraphy, Vol. 2|Kempster Miller
- (of a device, mechanism, etc) able to activate, move, or regulate itself
- (of an act or process) performed by such automatic equipment
Word Origin for automatic
"self-acting, moving or acting on its own," 1812, from Greek automatos, used of the gates of Olympus and the tripods of Hephaestus (also "without apparent cause, by accident"), from autos "self" (see auto-) + matos "thinking, animated" (see automaton). Of involuntary animal or human actions, from 1748, first used in this sense by English physician and philosopher David Hartley (1705-1757). In reference to a type of firearm, from 1877; specifically of machinery that imitates human-directed action from 1940.
"automatic weapon," 1902, from automatic (adj.). Meaning "motorized vehicle with automatic transmission" is from 1949.