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Definition 1: light machine gun - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for automatic in the sense of this definition

(automatic is a kind of ...) a firearm that reloads itself and keeps firing until the trigger is released

(automatic is a kind of ...) a rapidly firing automatic gun (often mounted)

(... is a kind of automatic ) any of the automatic rifles or semiautomatic rifles with large magazines designed for military use

(... is a kind of automatic ) a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War

Definition 2: a pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for automatic in the sense of this definition

(automatic is a kind of ...) a firearm that reloads itself and keeps firing until the trigger is released

(automatic is a kind of ...) a firearm that is held and fired with one hand

Definition 3: operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where automatic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • automatic transmission
  • a budget deficit that caused automatic spending cuts

(automatic is similar to ...) (of firearms) capable of automatic loading and firing continuously

"an autoloading rifle"

(automatic is similar to ...) operated by automation

"an automated stoker"

(automatic is similar to ...) designed to activate or move or regulate itself

"a self-activating sprinkler system"

(automatic is similar to ...) locking automatically when closed

(automatic is similar to ...) designed so that manual winding is unnecessary

"a self-winding watch"

(automatic is similar to ...) partially automatic

(automatic is similar to ...) capable of independent and apparently intelligent action

"smart weapons"

(means also ...) using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices

"a mechanical process" "his smile was very mechanical" "a mechanical toy"

Definition 4: without volition or conscious control - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where automatic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light
  • a reflex knee jerk
  • sneezing is reflexive

Synonyms for automatic in the sense of this definition

(automatic is similar to ...) controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control

"involuntary muscles" "gave an involuntary start"

(automatic belongs to category ...) the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms

Definition 5: resembling the unthinking functioning of a machine - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where automatic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an automatic `thank you'
  • machinelike efficiency

Synonyms for automatic in the sense of this definition

(automatic is similar to ...) using (or as if using) mechanisms or tools or devices

"a mechanical process" "his smile was very mechanical" "a mechanical toy"

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