Definitions

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

  • n. An automobile.
  • intransitive v. To go by or ride in an automobile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An automobile.
  • n. A setting for automatic operation.
  • n. A writ

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of or pertaining to an automobile.
  • n. An abbreviation of automobile.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Spanish literature, a play.
  • n. In Spanish law:
  • n. An order; a decree; a sentence; a decision.
  • n. plural The pleadings and proceedings in a lawsuit.
  • n. An auto de fe.
  • n. An element in compound words of Greek origin, meaning self, of itself (natural), of one's self (independently), of nothing but …, etc.: very common in English and other modern languages, especially in scientific terms.
  • n. A colloquial abbreviation of automobile: a motor-car.
  • n. A real existence; what actually exists, in contradistinction to what only apparently exists.

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

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

Etymologies

Short for automobile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek αὐτός (autos, "self"), metanalyzed from auto- in words such as automatic, autopilot, and automobile. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Once you plug in the Wii MotionPlus dongle, the title auto-recognizes it and takes advantage of its added precision.

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  • The term auto bias normally describes a circuit in which the signal grid of a power tube is referenced to ground, and the potential of the cathode is raised above ground through a cathode resistor (footnote 1), thus prompting the tube to adjust itself under operating conditions.

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  • You've also got all these auto - what I call auto-performers, who are performing themselves, people like Divine and Mary Vivian Pierce, I mean, people who are really performing heightened versions of themselves.

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  • Algore your guru of climate change said the auto is the greatest threat to humanity why are you still driving?

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  • Here -- and more especially in the study of those spontaneous solitary manifestations which I call auto-erotic -- I have attempted to clear the ground, and to indicate the main lines along which the progress of our knowledge in these fields may best be attained.

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  • Now onwards, Google said there would be no auto-following, but Google will merely suggest people you could follow, what it calls auto-suggest.

    The Economic Times

  • Google said there would be no auto-following, but Google will merely suggest people you could follow, what it calls auto-suggest.

    The Times of India

  • His analysis found that Mr. Borker benefited chiefly from various "black-hat tricks" to improve his site's standing, including links from what he called auto-generated spam pages.

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  • Because of the extra $2,700 we were able to apply to debt, we paid off a full 1. 56\% of our debt, which I define as our auto loans (currently $0), student loans, and mortgage.

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