Definitions for automobileˌɔ tə məˈbil, ˈɔ tə məˌbil

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. car, auto, automobile, machine, motorcar(verb)

    a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

    "he needs a car to get to work"

  2. automobile(verb)

    travel in an automobile

GCIDE

  1. Automobile(n.)

    a self-propelled vehicle used for transporting passengers, suitable for use on a street or roadway. Many diferent models of automobiles have beenbuilt and sold commercially, possessing varied features such as a retractable roof (in a convertible), different braking systems, different propulsion systems, and varied styling. Most models have four wheels but some have been built with three wheels. Automobiles are usually propelled by internal combustion engines (using volatile inflammable liquids, as gasoline or petrol, alcohol, naphtha, etc.), and sometimes by steam engines, or electric motors. The power of the driving motor varies from under 50 H. P. for earlier models to over 200 H. P. larger models or high-performance sports or racing cars. An automobile is commonly called a car or an auto, and generally in British usage, motor cars.

  2. Origin: [F.]

Wiktionary

  1. automobile(Noun)

    A type of vehicle designed to move on the ground under its own stored power and intended to carry a driver, a small number of additional passengers, and a very limited amount of other load. A car or motorcar.

  2. automobile(Verb)

    To travel by automobile.

  3. Origin: From automobile, from αὐτός + mobile, from mobilis.

Freebase

  1. Automobile

    An automobile, autocar, motor car or car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transporting passengers, which also carries its own engine or motor. Most definitions of the term specify that automobiles are designed to run primarily on roads, to have seating for one to eight people, to typically have four wheels, and to be constructed principally for the transport of people rather than goods. The year 1886 is regarded the year of birth of the modern automobile - with the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, by German inventor Carl Benz. Motorized wagons soon replaced animal-drafted carriages, especially after automobiles became affordable for many people when the Ford Model T was introduced in 1908. The term motorcar has formerly also been used in the context of electrified rail systems to denote a car which functions as a small locomotive but also provides space for passengers and baggage. These locomotive cars were often used on suburban routes by both interurban and intercity railroad systems. It was estimated in 2010 that the number of automobiles had risen to over 1 billion vehicles, up from the 500 million of 1986. The numbers are increasing rapidly, especially in China, India and other NICs.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. AUTOMOBILE

    From Eng. _ought to_, and Lat. _moveo_, to move. A vehicle which ought to move, but frequently can't.


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