au·to·ma·tion | \ˌȯ-tə-ˈmā-shən \

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

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The catering industry is known for low pay, so automation is not an obvious cost-saver. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 Buy Photo Is automation destroying familiar jobs, reducing drudge work, collecting more information than anyone expected, and opening opportunities? Joseph N. Distefano,, "America's robot future: Rajant celebrates new HQ, plans for growth," 2 July 2018 Myers’s company, Carbon Robotics, has worked on developing an industrial-grade robotic arm for industrial automation. Kat Borgerding, Recode, "The Carbon Robotics CEO says robots will be today’s combine harvester," 1 June 2018 This is capitalism, after all, and automation is inevitable. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The WIRED Guide to Robots," 17 May 2018 Experts differ, but more such automation is likely headed for the fast-food sector in coming years. Matt O'brien, The Christian Science Monitor, "Will restaurant robots change the industry or sizzle out?," 4 May 2018 And automation isn’t just coming for India: 77 percent of jobs in China are also susceptible to the coming tech revolution. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What the Modi-Xi Meeting Tells Us About China and India," 27 Apr. 2018 The deal includes Carrier investing $16 million for automation at the plant. Tom Davies, Houston Chronicle, "New layoffs at Indiana Carrier factory a year after Trump deal," 10 Jan. 2018 For the country’s blue-collar workers, on the other hand, automation was a job killer, as was globalization. Lolade Fadulu, The Atlantic, "Why Is the U.S. So Bad at Worker Retraining?," 4 Jan. 2018

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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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au·to·ma·tion | \ˌȯ-tə-ˈmā-shən \

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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