Definitions

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From automatic.]

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From automatic (coined by a Ford Motor Company leader in the 40s)

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