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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The automatic operation or control of equipment, a process, or a system.
  • n. The techniques and equipment used to achieve automatic operation or control.
  • n. The condition of being automatically controlled or operated.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of converting the controlling of a machine or device to a more automatic system, such as computer or electronic controls.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of implementing the control of equipment with advanced technology; usually involving electronic hardware
  • n. the condition of being automatically operated or controlled
  • n. equipment used to achieve automatic control or operation


From automatic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From automatic (coined by a Ford Motor Company leader in the 40s) (Wiktionary)



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