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Meaning & Definition of Automatic in English

English

Automatic

/ɔtəmætɪk/

noun

1. Light machine gun

    synonym:
  • automatic rifle
  • ,
  • automatic
  • ,
  • machine rifle

2. A pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released

    synonym:
  • automatic pistol
  • ,
  • automatic

adjective

1. Operating with minimal human intervention

  • Independent of external control
  • "Automatic transmission"
  • "A budget deficit that caused automatic spending cuts"
    synonym:
  • automatic

2. Resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine

  • "An automatic `thank you'"
  • "Machinelike efficiency"
    synonym:
  • automatic
  • ,
  • automatonlike
  • ,
  • machinelike
  • ,
  • robotlike
  • ,
  • robotic

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"
    synonym:
  • automatic
  • ,
  • reflex(a)
  • ,
  • reflexive

Examples of using

A definite advantage of automatic doors is that people can't spread their contagious diseases by touching door handles.