Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To destroy itself or oneself; self-destruct.

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  • verb intransitive To destroy itself by design (as of a mechanical system).
  • noun A feature of a system whereby it destroys itself.

Etymologies

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

[auto– + (self-)destruct.]

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auto- +‎ destruct

Examples

  • It seems like the computer was always announcing how much time was left until the Starship Enterprise would go into "autodestruct."

    Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson: Fiscal Follies: Facing the Budget Auto-Destruct Countdown, Without an Escape Pod

  • Why not tell Nassir to set his ships autodestruct sequence and save your boys the trip?

    Reap the Whirlwind

  • Another scaffold protein might have binding sites for proteins that tell a cell to kill itself perhaps sent by immune cells that “perceive” the doomed cell has been invaded by a virus as well as proteins that begin the autodestruct sequence.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • Why not tell Nassir to set his ships autodestruct sequence and save your boys the trip?

    Reap the Whirlwind

  • Another scaffold protein might have binding sites for proteins that tell a cell to kill itself perhaps sent by immune cells that “perceive” the doomed cell has been invaded by a virus as well as proteins that begin the autodestruct sequence.

    The Edge of Evolution

  • Why not tell Nassir to set his ships autodestruct sequence and save your boys the trip?

    Reap the Whirlwind

  • Why not tell Nassir to set his ships autodestruct sequence and save your boys the trip?

    Reap the Whirlwind

  • Why not tell Nassir to set his ships autodestruct sequence and save your boys the trip?

    Reap the Whirlwind

  • Why not tell Nassir to set his ships autodestruct sequence and save your boys the trip?

    Reap the Whirlwind

  • Why not tell Nassir to set his ships autodestruct sequence and save your boys the trip?

    Reap the Whirlwind

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