Automatic

Definition of Automatic

a.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; operating with minimal human intervention; - 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; an automatic transmission. The opposite of manual.
3.(Physiol.) Not voluntary; not depending on the will; mechanical; controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control; as, automatic movements or functions. The opposite of voluntary.
Unconscious or automatic reasoning.
- H. Spenser.
4.like the unthinking functioning of a machine.
Automatic arts
such economic arts or manufacture as are carried on by self-acting machinery.
- Ure.
n.1.light machine gun.
2.a pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released; as, a .45 automatic.

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