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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Automatic  \Au`to*mat"ic\,  Automatical  \Au`to*mat"ic*al\,  a.  [Cf. 
  F.  automatique  See  {Automaton}.] 
  1.  Having  an  inherent  power  of  action  or  motion. 
 
  Nothing  can  be  said  to  be  automatic.  --Sir  H.  Davy. 
 
  2.  Pertaining  to  or  produced  by  an  automaton;  of  the  nature 
  of  an  automaton;  self-acting  or  self-regulating  under 
  fixed  conditions;  --  esp.  applied  to  machinery  or  devices 
  in  which  certain  things  formerly  or  usually  done  by  hand 
  are  done  by  the  machine  or  device  itself  as  the 
  automatic  feed  of  a  lathe;  automatic  gas  lighting;  an 
  automatic  engine  or  switch;  an  automatic  mouse. 
 
  3.  Not  voluntary;  not  depending  on  the  will  mechanical;  as 
  automatic  movements  or  functions. 
 
  Unconscious  or  automatic  reasoning.  --H.  Spenser. 
 
  {Automatic  arts},  such  economic  arts  or  manufacture  as  are 
  carried  on  by  self-acting  machinery.  --Ure. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  automatic 
  adj  1:  operating  with  minimal  human  intervention;  independent  of 
  external  control;  "automatic  transmission";  "a  budget 
  deficit  that  caused  automatic  spending  cuts"  [ant:  {manual}] 
  2:  like  the  unthinking  functioning  of  a  machine;  "an  automatic 
  `thank  you'";  "machinelike  efficiency"  [syn:  {automatonlike}, 
  {machinelike},  {robotlike}] 
  3:  (physiology)  without  volition  or  conscious  control;  "the 
  automatic  shrinking  of  the  pupils  of  the  eye  in  strong 
  light";  "a  reflex  knee  jerk";  "sneezing  is  reflexive" 
  [syn:  {reflex(a)},  {reflexive}] 
  n  1:  light  machine  gun  [syn:  {automatic  rifle},  {machine  rifle}] 
  2:  a  pistol  that  will  keep  firing  until  the  ammunition  is  gone 
  or  the  trigger  is  released  [syn:  {automatic  pistol}] 




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