English - Alternative Forms
English - Etymology
From French automatique, from Ancient Greek αὐτόματον (autómaton), neuter of αὐτόματος (autómatos, “self-moving, moving of oneself, self-acting, spontaneous”), from αὐτός (autós, “self, myself”) + μέμαα (mémaa, “to wish eagerly, strive, yearn, desire”).
English - Pronunciation
English - Adjective
- Capable of operating without external control or intervention.
- Done out of habit or without conscious thought.
- (of a firearm such as a machine gun) Firing continuously as long as the trigger is pressed until ammunition is exhausted.
- (computing, of a local variable) Automatically added to and removed from the stack during the course of function calls.
- (mathematics, of a group) Having one or more finite-state automata
English - Noun
- A car with automatic transmission.
- A semi-automatic firearm.