Au`to*mat"ic (?), Au`to*mat"ic*al (?), a. [Cf. F. automatique. See Automaton.]
Having an inherent power of action or motion.
Nothing can be said to be automatic.
Sir H. Davy.
Pertaining to, or produced by, an automaton; of the nature of an automaton; self-acting or self-regulating under fixed conditions; -- esp. applied to machinery or devices in which certain things formerly or usually done by hand are done by the machine or device itself; as, the automatic feed of a lathe; automatic gas lighting; an automatic engine or switch; an automatic mouse.
Not voluntary; not depending on the will; mechanical; as, automatic movements or functions.
Unconscious or automatic reasoning.
Automatic arts, such economic arts or manufacture as are carried on by self-acting machinery.
© Webster 1913.