an automotive transmission requiring either very little or no manual shifting of gears.
Origin of automatic transmission
First recorded in 1945–50
Also called automatic, automatic drive.
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British Dictionary definitions for automatic drive
a transmission system in a motor vehicle, usually incorporating a fluid clutch, in which the gears change automatically
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