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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But they face opposition from a lobbying powerhouse of credit card companies, banks, auto companies and retail chains.
▪ Family debts and obligations are at least as important as auto loans.
▪ In the auto business, lifestyle refers to how one spends his or her money.
▪ People all have jobs now, at the steel mill and the auto plant.
▪ That's more profit than the oil and gas industry and twice as much as the auto industry.
▪ The company said the additional line of credit will be used to finance the daily purchase of auto receivables prior to securitization.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

auto \au"to\, a. of or pertaining to an automobile; as, an auto mechanic.


auto \au"to\, n. [Gr. ? self.] An abbreviation of automobile.

Syn: car, automobile, machine, motorcar


Automobile \Au"to*mo*bile`\, n. [F.] a self-propelled vehicle used for transporting passengers, suitable for use on a street or roadway. Many diferent models of automobiles have beenbuilt and sold commercially, possessing varied features such as a retractable roof (in a convertible), different braking systems, different propulsion systems, and varied styling. Most models have four wheels but some have been built with three wheels. Automobiles are usually propelled by internal combustion engines (using volatile inflammable liquids, as gasoline or petrol, alcohol, naphtha, etc.), and sometimes by steam engines, or electric motors. The power of the driving motor varies from under 50 H. P. for earlier models to over 200 H. P. larger models or high-performance sports or racing cars. An automobile is commonly called a car or an auto, and generally in British usage, motor cars.

Syn: car, auto, machine, motorcar.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

shortened form of automobile, 1899; same development yielded French auto.


Etymology 1 a. automatic (qualifier: of a gearbox / transmission) n. 1 (label en chiefly attributively) An automobile. 2 (rfv-sense)A wikipedia:Self-driving_car. 3 A setting for automatic operation. 4 A writ. 5 An automatic gearbox / transmission. 6 A car with an automatic gearbox / transmission. Etymology 2

n. (label en India) An autorickshaw.


n. 4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work" [syn: car, automobile, machine, motorcar]


Auto may refer to:

  • An automobile
  • An autonomous car
  • An auto rickshaw
  • Short for automatic
  • Auto (art), a form of Portuguese dramatic play
  • Auto (play), a subgenre of dramatic literature
  • A keyword in the C programming language used to declare automatic variables
  • A keyword in C++11 used for type inference
  • Out (novel), which in Japanese is called auto
  • Auto (Mega Man), a character from Mega Man series of games
  • Auto, West Virginia
  • AUTO, a fictional robot in the 2008 film WALL-E
Auto (play)

Auto is a subgenre of dramatic literature. It was a one-act morality play, interlude or skit. They were first found in Spain, in the 15th century. In Portugal, in the 16th century, Gil Vicente was the main author of this type of dramatic genre. Luís de Camões and Dom Francisco Manuel de Mello also adopted this form of writing.

Auto (company)

Aktieselskabet (A/S) Auto was a car dealer in Oslo (known as Kristiania until 1924), Norway.

It was founded in 1908 with Carl O. Nielsen as the first general manager. It had roots in his former company, C. O. Nielsens Automobilforretning. The company had a sales office in Kvadraturen (Tollbodgaten 20) and a workshop in Frogner (Lindemanns gate 9). It later expanded to incorporate other addresses in Lindemanns gate.

The company imported and sold Lorraine-Dietrich and Cottereau from the start, then also Isotta-Fraschini, Minerva and Thornycroft. During the First World War Dodge Brothers and Federal were added, during the interwar period Renault and De Dion-Bouton.

The company went defunct in 1930, amid the economic depression. The last manager was Carl Simonsen. Many of the car brands have also been discontinued.

Usage examples of "auto".

Shortly thereafter the two autos moved slowly off, while the aeroplane raced above them, going at a far faster speed.

All this great ever-increasing flood of bronze, brass, chrome, Fiberglas, lapstreak, teak, auto pilots, burgees, Power Squadron hats, nylon line, all this chugging winking blundering glitter of props, bilge pumps and self-importance needs dockside space.

Martinez had earned his nickname for his zeal in roasting heretics at the auto defe, as the public spectacles of punishment were called.

One of them, an oddly-shaped shell of wood built by Ellar, a former carpenter, was called a mock auto by Egarn, and when Lanklin was on duty in this room, he often watched Egarn instructing Roszt and Kaynor in its use.

Well, I had the bike shop, and that auto repair station, and I owned the airport and part of another one, and before I knew what the hell was happening I had contracts up the gazoo for rebuilding engines and airplanes and starting contract flying schools.

P grocery store was moving across the street to a bigger space, where the Goodyear tire store used to be before they moved into the back of Western Auto.

After a hurried stop downstairs for their equipment, Evon and Robbie buffeted through the after-work crowd, the walks illuminated by the autos gridlocked in the avenues.

Hoisting himself, as it were, on a mounting billow of his own profanity, Loge cast himself with a wide swimming motion of his arms from the auto.

I watched the numbers climb, from a car wash to a sign company, from a construction site to a quick lube to an auto body shop.

Ik zal mijn chauffeur opdracht geven u morgenochtend ook op te halen, dan kunt u uw auto hier vannacht laten staan.

As the machine drew nearer they saw that it was painted green, and, a moment later, Noddy Nixon had brought his auto to a stop, and was grinning at them.

Jednim okom, kroz sobni prozor, provjerio sam mjesto gdje je bio parkiran auto koji sam pogodio bocom, ali ono je bilo prazno, a zatim sam zavirio u crnu kroniku.

Taco was a cinderblock stand on the west side of Broadway between a service drive and an auto parts place that specialized in remanufactured transmissions.

Ah, but Underhill had an idea for much safer, faster transport than autos or even aircraft.

The Skyjack is exactly that, an electric scissors jack on wheels that resembles an oversized auto jack with a railed platform on top.