Definitions

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  • n. A process carried out automatically in such a clever way that the result appears to be magic.

Etymologies

Blend of automatic and magic; from the principle (often called Clarke's third law) that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are mostly out of luck, Mr. Lees said, because the company isn't spending much time developing applications that will do all this "automagic" stuff on other phone platforms.

    Bits

  • Hence they are adding automagic fix-it option to thousands of MS Knowledge Base articles so that users can simply click a button to resolve the problem.

    slow moving yet good ideas

  • If you have the Wordpress plug-in, you can get your blog to post your del.icio.us links on an automagic basis.

    Warren Ellis

  • Hopefully Bit Torrent made newbie easy with automagic RSS subscription will make up for lack of free Pro video content on the portals.

    The Obligatory 2007 Predictions Post

  • I'm currently hating my cat for the fact she's clogging up our automagic litter box almost daily.

    Make Your Own Kitty Litter At Almost No Cost | Lifehacker Australia

  • If I play an album, iTunes or WMPlayer will rip it practically whether I want them to or not–presto, a dozen DRM-free tracks ready-stuffed into the app I use to put them on my MP3 player, with the tech-fearful most likely getting automagic syncing into their iPod and the automagic backup of having the original CD on the shelf.

    Why It Won’t Work « Whatever

  • Anyway, This tvRSS/Ted thang which delivers TV shows for you to watch, using the automagic of RSS, is real tempting.

    The Real T3 : TVrss, Torrents + Ted Get Married.

  • Suffice to say there are alot of newscorp newspapers round the world that wouldn't mind some digg automagic.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • I loooooooooove the green and black. and yes, it indeed cries out for a coordinating jacket. wiping off the drool. adding this to my automagic ebay search list. yummmm

    Too Much? Or Never Enough? - A Dress A Day

  • This is definitely a slippery science, constantly skirting around link abuse, automagic link spammers, etc.

    The Power of the Link « Lorelle on WordPress

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  • Jargon file definition:

    Automatically, but in a way that, for some reason (typically because it is too complicated, or too ugly, or perhaps even too trivial), the speaker doesn't feel like explaining to you. See magic. “The C-INTERCAL compiler generates C, then automagically invokes cc(1) to produce an executable.�?

    This term is quite old, going back at least to the mid-70s in jargon and probably much earlier. The word ‘automagic’ occurred in advertising (for a shirt-ironing gadget) as far back as the late 1940s.

    http://catb.org/jargon/html/A/automagically.html

    April 18, 2008

  • I usually see this as "automagical", and it's usually for clever stuff that some computer program does.

    April 18, 2008