automation

noun
au·​to·​ma·​tion | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce automation (audio) \

Definition of automation

1 : the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically
2 : the state of being operated automatically
3 : automatically controlled operation of an apparatus, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of human labor

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Examples of automation in a Sentence

feared that automation would add millions to the ranks of the unemployed
Recent Examples on the Web But that won’t be enough in the months and years ahead as automation transforms the economy. Tamar Jacoby, WSJ, "Helping Workers Displaced by the Covid-19 Economy," 18 Dec. 2020 The age of automation is coming, but on the immediate horizon, Amazon’s massive workforce is still necessary. David Sher, al, "The eyes of the world are on Alabama," 13 Dec. 2020 However, the shock automation may cause the transportation industry (and its resulting domino effect) is beyond scale. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: COVID deaths, death penalty, Enbridge Line 3, automation, the glass ceiling," 7 Dec. 2020 That newfound automation, however, raises civil liberties concerns, especially as drones gain the power to track vehicles and people automatically. New York Times, "Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves," 23 Nov. 2020 Ableson says the factory format is possible because electric vehicles are simpler to assemble than traditional internal-combustion vehicles, making automation easier. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "EV startup Arrival goes public at $5.4 billion valuation in SPAC deal," 18 Nov. 2020 Brookings Institute researchers have found that automation often takes a leap forward during recessions. Jenny Leonard, Bloomberg.com, "Only Robots Can Bring Factories Back to U.S., Says Bike Pioneer," 31 Oct. 2020 Lewis also worries that automation in the railroads' chief competition, commercial trucking, will prove a considerable challenge. Jeremy Lott, Washington Examiner, "Forty years after deregulation, the commercial rail industry thrives," 24 Sep. 2020 Countless industries will change dramatically in the years ahead as automation and business restructuring reshape the economy. Tamar Jacoby, WSJ, "Helping Workers Displaced by the Covid-19 Economy," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of automation

1912, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for automation

automatic entry 1

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The first known use of automation was in 1912

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12 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Automation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/automation. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for automation

automation

noun
au·​to·​ma·​tion | \ ˌȯ-tə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce automation (audio) \

Kids Definition of automation

1 : the method of making a machine, a process, or a system work without being directly controlled by a person
2 : automatic working of a machine, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of humans

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