Definition of Automation by Merriam-Webster

noun

au·to·ma·tion

?o?-t?-‘m?-sh?n

1 :  the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically

2 :  the state of being operated automatically

3 :  automatically controlled operation of an apparatus, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of human labor

noun

au·to·ma·tion

?o?-t?-‘m?-sh?n

1 :  the method of making a machine, a process, or a system work without being directly controlled by a person

2 :  automatic working of a machine, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of humans

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