- the use of methods for controlling industrial processes automatically, esp by electronically controlled systems, often reducing manpower
- the extent to which a process is so controlled
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- the technique, method, or system of operating or controlling a process by highly automatic means, as by electronic devices, reducing human intervention to a minimum.
- a mechanical device, operated electronically, that functions automatically, without continuous input from an operator.
- act or process of automating.
- the state of being automated.
- autom(atic oper)ation 1945–50
- to use machines instead of people to do the work of (a mechanical process, etc.); apply the principles of automation to: [~ + object]We need to automate those procedures.[no object]The investors want us to automate.
- to apply the principles of automation to (a mechanical process, industry, office, etc.).
- to operate or control by automation.
- to displace or make obsolete by automation (often fol. by out):The unskilled jobs are going to be automated out.
- to install automatic procedures, as for manufacturing or servicing;
follow or utilize the principles of automation:Many banks have begun to automate.
- back formation from automation 1950–55