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(word root) self
Examples of words with the root auto-: autobiography, autograph
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n. pl. au·tos
An automobile.
intr.v. au·toed, au·to·ing, au·tos
To go by or ride in an automobile.

[Short for automobile.]
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n, pl -tos
1. (Automotive Engineering)
a. short for automobile
b. (as modifier): auto parts.
2. (Automotive Engineering) informal Indian short for autorickshaw
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(ˈɔ toʊ)

n., pl. -tos.
an automobile.
[1895–1900, Amer.]


a combining form meaning “self,” “same,”: autograph. Also, esp. before a vowel,aut-.
[< Greek, comb. form of autós self]


a combining form representing automobile: automotive.


a combining form representing automatic: autofocus.


1. automatic.
2. automobile.
3. automotive.
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short for automobile or automatic.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - a motor vehicle with four wheelsauto - a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work"
renting, rental - the act of paying for the use of something (as an apartment or house or car)
accelerator, accelerator pedal, gas pedal, throttle, gas, gun - a pedal that controls the throttle valve; "he stepped on the gas"
air bag - a safety restraint in an automobile; the bag inflates on collision and prevents the driver or passenger from being thrown forward
alternator - an old term for an electric generator that produces alternating current (especially in automobiles)
ambulance - a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals
auto accessory - an accessory for an automobile
automobile engine - the engine that propels an automobile
automobile horn, car horn, motor horn, hooter, horn - a device on an automobile for making a warning noise
backseat - a seat at the back of a vehicle (especially the seat at the back of an automobile)
beach waggon, beach wagon, estate car, station waggon, station wagon, waggon, wagon - a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat
fender, buffer - a cushion-like device that reduces shock due to an impact
bumper - a mechanical device consisting of bars at either end of a vehicle to absorb shock and prevent serious damage
jalopy, heap, bus - a car that is old and unreliable; "the fenders had fallen off that old bus"
taxi, taxicab, cab, hack - a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
car door - the door of a car
car mirror - a mirror that the driver of a car can use
car seat - a seat in a car
car window - a window in a car
compact car, compact - a small and economical car
convertible - a car that has top that can be folded or removed
coupe - a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment
cruiser, patrol car, police car, police cruiser, prowl car, squad car - a car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters
electric, electric automobile, electric car - a car that is powered by electricity
fender, wing - a barrier that surrounds the wheels of a vehicle to block splashing water or mud; "in Britain they call a fender a wing"
first gear, low gear, low, first - the lowest forward gear ratio in the gear box of a motor vehicle; used to start a car moving
floorboard - the floor of an automobile
gas guzzler - a car with relatively low fuel efficiency
gasoline engine, petrol engine - an internal-combustion engine that burns gasoline; most automobiles are driven by gasoline engines
glove compartment - compartment on the dashboard of a car
radiator grille, grille - grating that admits cooling air to car's radiator
hardtop - a car that resembles a convertible but has a fixed rigid top
hatchback - a car having a hatchback door
high gear, high - a forward gear with a gear ratio that gives the greatest vehicle velocity for a given engine speed
cowl, cowling, bonnet, hood - protective covering consisting of a metal part that covers the engine; "there are powerful engines under the hoods of new cars"; "the mechanic removed the cowling in order to repair the plane's engine"
horseless carriage - an early term for an automobile; "when automobiles first replaced horse-drawn carriages they were called horseless carriages"
hot rod, hot-rod - a car modified to increase its speed and acceleration
jeep, landrover - a car suitable for traveling over rough terrain
limo, limousine - large luxurious car; usually driven by a chauffeur
loaner - a car that is lent as a replacement for one that is under repair
automobile trunk, luggage compartment, trunk - compartment in an automobile that carries luggage or shopping or tools; "he put his golf bag in the trunk"
minicar - a car that is even smaller than a subcompact car
minivan - a small box-shaped passenger van; usually has removable seats; used as a family car
Model T - the first widely available automobile powered by a gasoline engine; mass-produced by Henry Ford from 1908 to 1927
automotive vehicle, motor vehicle - a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
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noun (U.S.) car, machine, motor, vehicle, wheels (informal), automobile, jalopy (informal), motorcar the auto industry
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[ˈɔːtəʊ] (US)
A. Ncoche m, automóvil m, carro m (LAm)
B. CPD auto repair Nreparación f de automóviles
auto worker Ntrabajador(a) m/f de la industria automovilística or del automóvil
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[ˈɔːtəʊ] n (US)auto f, voiture f
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n (US) → Auto nt, → PKW m, → Pkw m
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[ˈɔːtəʊ] n (Am) → auto f inv
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References in classic literature ?
A useless strip of white chaf--oh, no, he was guiding the auto car--of white chiffon--or perhaps it was grenadine or tulle--was tied beneath her chin, pretending to hold her bonnet in place.
3 disclosed the belief that in occupying the highest seat in a Rubberneck auto they were travelling the pace that passes all understanding.
Then she faced about and sat still while the Rubberneck auto stopped at the flash of the badge under the coat of the plainclothes man.
At the junction with Kearny Street, Market and Geary Streets intersect like the sides of a sharp-angled letter "V." They, in the auto, were coming down Market with the intention of negotiating the sharp apex and going up Geary.
All unwitting, Drummond sat beside Catherine, talking settlement work, as the auto, honking methodically and dodging traffic, swung in a wide curve to get around the apex.
The auto had been brought to a stop, too, by his big panting leaders which had jammed against it.
His heart warms to him when he can bring forward some example of cruelty or meanness, and he exults like an inquisitor at the auto da fe of an heretic when with some forgotten story he can confound the filial piety of the Rev.
A real element of Socratic teaching, which is more prominent in the Republic than in any of the other Dialogues of Plato, is the use of example and illustration ('taphorhtika auto prhospherhontez'): "Let us apply the test of common instances." "You," says Adeimantus, ironically, in the sixth book, "are so unaccustomed to speak in images." And this use of examples or images, though truly Socratic in origin, is enlarged by the genius of Plato into the form of an allegory or parable, which embodies in the concrete what has been already described, or is about to be described, in the abstract.
"I don't hope to get an auto, but I'll surely bring some grub,* anyway."
An' say, the chief of police, in a police auto, sittin' up like God Almighty--just before we got to Peralta street they was a block an' the police chargin', an' an old woman, right from her front gate, lammed the chief of police full in the face with a dead cat.
I thought you wan't to home, seein' as I saw you pull out with your old man in an auto. I reckon that must a ben your pa, and you're Miss Setliffe."
At the Vanderbilt Cup Race its wires girdled the track and reported every gain or mishap of the racing autos. And at such expensive pageants as that of the Quebec Tercentenary in 1908, where four thousand actors came and went upon a ten-acre stage, every order was given by telephone.