automatic transmission


noun

an automotive transmission requiring either very little or no manual shifting of gears.

Nearby words

  1. automatic pistol,
  2. automatic redial,
  3. automatic repeat,
  4. automatic rifle,
  5. automatic tracking,
  6. automatic vending,
  7. automatic writing,
  8. automatic-teller machine,
  9. automatically,
  10. automation

Origin of automatic transmission

First recorded in 1945–50

Also called automatic, automatic drive.

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British Dictionary definitions for automatic drive

automatic transmission

noun

a transmission system in a motor vehicle, usually incorporating a fluid clutch, in which the gears change automatically
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