AskDefine | Define automatic

Dictionary Definition

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 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]

Noun

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]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From automatique, from αυτοματικός, from αυτόματον, neuter of αυτόματος, from αυτός + μέμαα. rfscript Grek

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˌɔːtəˈmætɪk/, /%O:t@"m

Extensive Definition

In film:

See also

automatic in Japanese: オートマチック

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accordant, accustomed, alike, automated, automatic device, automaton, automatous, balanced, beaten, blind, blowgun, blowpipe, casual, compulsive, conditioned, confirmed, consistent, consonant, constant, continuous, correspondent, cybernated, cyborg, equable, equal, even, firearm, flamethrower, flat, forced, frequent, gat, gun, gut, habitual, habituated, hackneyed, handgun, heater, homogeneous, ill-advised, ill-considered, ill-devised, immutable, impulsive, inadvertent, indeliberate, ineluctable, inescapable, inevitable, inherent, innate, instinctive, instinctual, invariable, involuntary, level, libidinal, measured, mechanical, mechanical man, methodic, monolithic, musket, natural, of a piece, ordered, orderly, peashooter, persistent, piece, pistol, prompt, quick, ready, recurrent, recurring, reflex, reflexive, regular, repeater, repetitive, revolver, rifle, robot, robotlike, rod, routine, sawed-off shotgun, self-acting, self-active, self-adjusting, self-closing, self-controlled, self-cooking, self-directed, self-directing, self-dumping, self-governed, self-governing, self-lighting, self-mover, self-operative, self-regulating, self-regulative, self-starting, self-winding, self-working, semiautomatic, shooting iron, shotgun, six-gun, six-shooter, smooth, snap, spontaneous, stable, steadfast, steady, stereotyped, subliminal, systematic, trite, unadvised, unavoidable, unbroken, uncalculated, unchangeable, unchanged, unchanging, unconscious, unconsidered, undeliberate, undeliberated, undesigned, undeviating, undifferentiated, undiversified, uniform, unintended, unintentional, unlearned, unmeditated, unpremeditated, unprompted, unruffled, unstudied, unthinking, unvaried, unvarying, unwilled, unwilling, unwitting, well-trodden, well-worn
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1