automobile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v automobile travel in an automobile
    • n automobile a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine "he needs a car to get to work"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More than half the time spent in United States courts is cases that involve automobiles
    • n Automobile 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most recycled product in the world is the automobile.
    • automobile Self-moving.
    • n automobile Any device or apparatus which is movable by a force placed within itself and is self-acting as to direction and control; specifically— A torpedo, carrying within itself a store of accumulated energy, which can be launched from a vessel or fort, and which, when properly directed and adjusted, will move through the water until it reaches the object at which it is aimed.
    • n automobile A vehicle, carrying within itself the source of the mechanical power which propels it, designed to move on common roads or high ways: a motor-car. The automobile or motor-car is not strictly an automobile, since a human intelligence always steers it and controls the power. The motor-car differs from the locomotive in that it does not travel on rails, and from the traction-engine or tractor in that it carries the load instead of drawing it after itself in other wheeled vehicles. The motor-bicycle and motor-tricycle differ from the motor-car in that the latter has nearly always four wheels. The types of vehicle included under the name automobile fall under one of four groups: The racing-car (rarely called an ‘automobile’), designed for great speed on prepared special tracks or speedways, carrying one or at most two persons, and made as light as is consistent with high power
    • automobile To ride in an automobile vehicle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Automobile building is the largest manufacturing industry in the world.
    • adj Automobile aw-to-mō′bil self-moving
    • n Automobile a motor-car
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Quotations

  • Will Rogers
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    “We are the first nation in the history of the world to go to the poorhouse in an automobile.”
  • Sir William
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    “No other man-made device since the shields and lances of the ancient knights fulfills a man's ego like an automobile.”
  • Judith Viorst
    Judith Viorst
    “Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket, or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.”
  • Herbert Marcuse
    Herbert Marcuse
    “The people recognize themselves in their commodities; they find their soul in their automobile, hi-fi set, split-level home, kitchen equipment.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
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    “Money differs from an automobile or mistress in being equally important to those who have it and those who do not.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

The excellent automobile road around the rim affords easy approach afoot as well as by automobile and bicycle.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
After lunch they strolled down to the beach, Deena starting ahead with French, while Polly went with Ben to get cushions from the automobile.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
Ormsby took the chauffeur's seat in his waiting automobile, and drove as fast as the traffic would permit, for he feared lest he might be late.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
You can see them any time, floppin' 'bout in dese automobiles, a drinkin' and a carryin' on.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Besides, she heard the throbbing of an automobile engine.
"The Campfire Girls of Roselawn" by Margaret Penrose
My father is the automobile man.
"Battling the Clouds" by Captain Frank Cobb
Rathburn sat his horse and watched the automobile out of sight.
"The Coyote" by James Roberts
All his automobiling experience had been at the expense of his firm; but he had done quite a lot of riding.
"Mixed Faces" by Roy Norton
Relation of the Automobile Battery Man to the Farm Lighting Plant.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
In our best agricultural states practically every farmer has his automobile.
"The Farmer and His Community" by Dwight Sanderson
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In poetry:

There is blokes in automobiles
And their necks sunk into fur
That keep on gettin' usury
To make 'em cosier.
"Safe And Sound" by Ezra Pound
The automobile, the aeroplane,
Are useful gadgets, but profane:
The enginry of which I dream
Is moved by water or by steam.
"Doggerel" by W H Auden
There once was an old crocodile
Who lived on the banks of the Nile.
One day, for a meal,
He swallowed a wheel,
And ate for dessert, an automobile.
"Stylish" by Edwin Carty Ranck
When yacht or Coach Club fellows dine
We may carol the praises of ruby wine;
But when Automobile Clubmen convene
Then ho! For a gallon of gasoline!
"The Ballade Of The Automobile" by Ellis Parker Butler

In news:

Has there ever been a more radically reasonable automobile than the Honda Accord.
16 m ago In Hicksville South Broadway (rt 107) at Lauman Avenue is closed due to an accident investigation involving an automobile and bicyclist.
The Industrial Revolution was responsible for many inventions, but undeniably, the automobile had the most impact on American life.
An eclectic mix of mechanical theory is what allowed the automobile to function successfully.
People older than 65 are the fastest-growing population in the country, according to the American Automobile Association.
Automobile air conditioner refrigerants may keep you from frying in summer traffic jams, but they pack a mean global warming punch.
An automobile accident on I-25 between Rio Bravo and Cesar Chavez has forced the closure of all southbound lanes.
The USA has three major automobile makers.
The national weather service also warns that most flood deaths occur in automobiles.
FAST FOOD Roadside Restaurants in the Automobile Age.
The Nethercutt Museum showcases more than 130 of the world's greatest antique, vintage, classic and special interest automobiles.
In a city given over to the automobile, billboards have been a fixture here for decades.
Maybe you have seen the debris left from an automobile accident on the side of the road, a bumper on the side of Highway 90, or glass shards glimmering in the sun at an intersection on Johnston Street.
One of the main attractions of The Luxury Review: Los Angeles was this high-performance plug-in hybrid car from the independent automobile company.
I was recently involved in an automobile accident, from which I received injuries to my neck.
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In science:

Mutuelle Assurance Automobile des Instituteurs de France.
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System
Conversely, some products are seldomly bought more than a few times in a lifetime (e.g., automobiles) and thus suffer from a low number of evaluations.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
In a more correct example, when analyzing traffic patterns in New York City, some of the agents could be of the “truck” type, and some of the “automobile” type.
Complex Systems
Advance transportation systems would lessen our demands on the automobile.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View
Thus, in order to achieve good compression rates for these images, it will be necessary to develop a sophisticated computational understanding of the appearance of automobiles.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
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