What does automatic mean?

Definitions for automatic
ˌɔ təˈmæt ɪkau·to·mat·ic

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word automatic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. automatic rifle, automatic, machine riflenoun

    light machine gun

  2. automatic pistol, automaticadjective

    a pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released

  3. automaticadjective

    operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control

    "automatic transmission"; "a budget deficit that caused automatic spending cuts"

  4. automatic, automatonlike, machinelike, robotlike, roboticadjective

    resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine

    "an automatic `thank you'"; "machinelike efficiency"

  5. automatic, reflex(a), reflexiveadjective

    without volition or conscious control

    "the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light"; "a reflex knee jerk"; "sneezing is reflexive"


  1. automaticnoun

    A car with automatic transmission.

    I never learned to drive a stick. I can only drive an automatic.

  2. automaticnoun

    A semi-automatic firearm.

  3. automaticadjective

    Capable of operating without external control or intervention.

    The automatic clothes washer was a great labor-saving device

  4. automaticadjective

    Done out of habit or without conscious thought.

    The reaction was automatic: flight!

  5. automaticadjective

    Firing continuously as long as the trigger is pressed until ammunition is exhausted.

  6. automaticadjective

    Automatically added to and removed from the stack during the course of function calls.

  7. Etymology: From automatique, from αὐτόματον, neuter of αὐτόματος, from αὐτός + μέμαα.


  1. Automatic

    Automatic is a 2010 single by Canadian Danny Fernandes featuring fellow Canadian Belly from Fernandes's second studio album AutomaticLUV. "Automatic", released on CP Records, is the first single from his new album after five consecutive singles from his debut album Intro.


  1. automatic

    Automatic refers to a process or device that operates independently without any form of human intervention. It is often used to describe equipment, systems, or functions that are self-regulating or self-controlling; capable of working or moving by themselves. This can be applied to various fields such as technology, industry, and vehicles, among others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Automaticadjective

    alt. of Automatical


  1. Automatic

    Automatic is the third album by Scottish alternative rock band The Jesus and Mary Chain. The Mary Chain on this record is basically the core duo of brothers William and Jim Reid, with a drum machine providing percussion, and even a synthesizer filling in on bass guitar. The only other credited musician was Richard Thomas, who joined the touring version of the Mary Chain as a drummer. Thomas drummed on "Gimme Hell", and was a former member of Dif Juz. He also made appearances on Cocteau Twins' 1986 Victorialand LP and This Mortal Coil's 1986 Filigree & Shadow.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'automatic' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4117

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'automatic' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4102

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'automatic' in Adjectives Frequency: #547

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of automatic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of automatic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of automatic in a Sentence

  1. Michael Gianaris:

    At a time in our country when voting rights are under assault, New York must live up to its potential as a progressive leader. Access to the ballot box should be easy and fair, and enacting automatic voter registration would go a long way towards improving our democracy.

  2. James Dickey:

    Texas voters are not only not persuaded by attacks on their ability to defend themselves, they are appropriately repelled by them, there are elected officials in both parties whose automatic reaction is to improve safety by giving government more control. That's an understandable reaction, but not the correct one.

  3. Eric Schmidt:

    A core problem with A.I. in the military and in national security is how do you defend against attacks that are faster than human decision-making, and I think that issue is unresolved. In other words, the missile is coming in so fast that there has to be an automatic response. What happens if it’s a false signal ?

  4. Julius Randle:

    It’s automatic, man, playing in front of my mom and obviously my wife and sons were here, i always want to give them a good show.

  5. Alvin Bragg:

    We have a time where we have both violence rising and incarceration, and the goal is to simultaneously reduce both, i had a shooting on my block a month ago, I've had a knife to my neck, I've had a semi-automatic weapon to my head, I know these issues intimately. So what we are doing is not working, plain and simple and this is our path forward. This is how we reduce violent crime the most.

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Translations for automatic

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  • неволен, автомат, машинален, автоматиченBulgarian
  • automàticCatalan, Valencian
  • automatickýCzech
  • hunanysgogolWelsh
  • automatikDanish
  • automatisch, Maschinen-German
  • αυτόματος, αυτόματοGreek
  • automático, semi-automáticaSpanish
  • خودکار, اتوماتیکPersian
  • automaattinen, sarjatuli-Finnish
  • semi-automatique, automatiqueFrench
  • sjálfvirkurIcelandic
  • automaticoItalian
  • אוטומטיHebrew
  • 自動的な, 自動なJapanese
  • ស្វ័យប្រវត្តKhmer
  • автоматтуу, айласыз, аргасыз, аңсыз, машинадай, өзүнөн өзү, өзү жүрүүчү, автоматтуу түрдө, эс катышпастан, адатынча, машиналуу түрдө, акылдан тыш, автоматтык, өзү кыймылдоочу, эрксиз, механикалыкKyrgyz
  • automateschLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • aunoaMāori
  • полуавтоматски пиштол, механички, автоматски, автоматско, автоматик, автоматскаMacedonian
  • automatikMalay
  • automatisch, mechanisch, gedachtenloos, automaatDutch
  • samoczynny, odruchowy, automatycznyPolish
  • automático, semi-automáticaPortuguese
  • automată, automatRomanian
  • механический, машинальный, автомат, автоматическийRussian
  • avtomatik, avtomatičen, avtomatskiSlovene
  • automatikAlbanian
  • automatiskSwedish
  • อัตโนมัติThai
  • tự nhiên, tự độngVietnamese

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