automation

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noun au·to·ma·tion \ˌȯ-tə-ˈmā-shən\

Definition of automation

  1. 1 :  the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically

  2. 2 :  the state of being operated automatically

  3. 3 :  automatically controlled operation of an apparatus, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of human labor

Examples of automation in a Sentence

  1. feared that automation would add millions to the ranks of the unemployed

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Origin and Etymology of automation

1automatic


First Known Use: 1912

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


AUTOMATION Defined for Kids

automation

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noun au·to·ma·tion \ˌȯ-tə-ˈmā-shən\

Definition of automation for Students

  1. 1 :  the method of making a machine, a process, or a system work without being directly controlled by a person

  2. 2 :  automatic working of a machine, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of humans



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