automation

[ aw-tuh-mey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɔ təˈmeɪ ʃən /

noun

the technique, method, or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum.
a mechanical device, operated electronically, that functions automatically, without continuous input from an operator.
act or process of automating.
the state of being automated.

Nearby words

  1. automatic transmission,
  2. automatic vending,
  3. automatic writing,
  4. automatic-teller machine,
  5. automatically,
  6. automatism,
  7. automatization,
  8. automatize,
  9. automatograph,
  10. automaton

Origin of automation

First recorded in 1945–50; autom(atic) + (oper)ation

Related formspro·au·to·ma·tion, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for automation

automation

/ (ˌɔːtəˈmeɪʃən) /

noun

the use of methods for controlling industrial processes automatically, esp by electronically controlled systems, often reducing manpower
the extent to which a process is so controlled
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Word Origin and History for automation

automation

n.

1948, in the manufacturing sense, coined by Ford Motor Co. Vice President Delmar S. Harder, from automatic + -ion. Earlier (1838) was automatism, which meant "quality of being automatic" in the classical sense.

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