THE OPEN DICTIONARY
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(noun) : ethnographic writing that puts the researcher or writer at the center of the research
Submitted by: Eve Kedar from California on May. 27, 2013 18:07
(noun) : a qualitative social research method in which the researcher documents his or her own ethnic background and social history
In autoethnography the researcher becomes the primary subject of the research in the process of writing personal stories and ethnographic narratives.
Submitted by: Maverick Javier from Philippines on Sep. 17, 2008 05:39
autohike (noun) : the investigation of unexplored regions by automobile
The kayakers went on their annual autohike to search for new launch sites.
Submitted by: Martin D Matthews from Maryland on Mar. 17, 2008 19:55
autoimmune arthritis (noun) : arthritis caused or exacerbated by a body's own autoimmune cell production
What Patrick experienced with his endocrinologist reflects a common and understandable phenomenon: The doctor projects his or her own preferences onto the patient. This has been documented in studies of a wide variety of conditions ranging from asthma to autoimmune arthritis of the spine, from prostate cancer to esophageal disease. —Jerome Groopman and Pamela Hartzband, Your Medical Mind, 2011
Submitted by: TIffany Westrich from California on Sep. 15, 2011 22:27
autolieography (noun) : an autobiography that is not true
The politician’s autobiography turned out to be an autolieography.
Submitted by: J.C. Moore from Pennsylvania on Feb. 20, 2009 10:48
automagic (noun) : Something that happens in the background via code that's invisible to the end user. It's a combination of automatic and magic.
The way that happens in automagic.
Submitted by: recentcoin from Texas on Jan. 09, 2006 00:02
(adverb) : in a manner that shows several complicated tasks being done correctly by computers for what appears as a single task to the end user
Type the email and click send, it will automagically get to me. —Randy Hinders, 1999
Submitted by: Randy Hinders from Ohio on Mar. 25, 2008 07:46
(adjective) : acting or done spontaneously without known cause or origin
Hiram concluded the report must be generated automagically since no one could explain the origin or the responsible party.
Submitted by: Peter Mione from Florida on Oct. 23, 2007 08:21
(adverb) : in a manner that functions without explanation—used of computer functions
I turned on my new computer, and automagically it said, "You've Got Mail".
Submitted by: Brian Eschner from Colorado on Oct. 10, 2007 11:28
(adverb) : Combination of automatically and magically. Signifies something that seemingly happens all by itself without intervention or extra effort.
The car automagically knows the direction you want to go from your existing location.
Submitted by: Chris V. from North Carolina on Jul. 09, 2007 08:39
(adjective) : Combines the sense of automatically and magically : wholly involuntarily especially : MAGICALLY : unconsciously : done as if by magic
"The MP3 file is automagically added to iTunes. Just show it where you store your DRM music and walk away." —Squidmarks, Slashdot, 10/28/2006
Submitted by: Jrome from Massachusetts on Nov. 01, 2006 10:09
(adverb) : occurring or self-acting in an involuntary or spontaneous manner by seemingly supernatural or magical means
This computer has automagically rebooted. The problem has automagically fixed itself. Does he want me to just automagically figure this out?
Submitted by: Lorri Larstone from Canada on Jun. 19, 2006 11:49
(adverb) : by means of auto-populating a field in software without knowing how.
The date will appear automagically when you save the transaction.
Submitted by: John from New Jersey on Apr. 27, 2006 13:39
(adverb) : In the way the Macintosh operating system works in comparison to any other computer operating system
You are on DSL? yes - then just plug in the ethernet cable from the modem and you will be connected - automagically. —BMTO, Mugs and Bert, March 22, 2006
Submitted by: Anonymous on Mar. 22, 2006 22:43
(adverb) : mysteriously and without human intervention
The problem resolved itself automagically.
Submitted by: RikT from Washington on Nov. 21, 2005 06:51
automatonify (verb) : to turn into an automaton; to become a person who lacks individuality and acts in a mechanical fashion
In order to be popular in high school, students will automatonify so they do not get picked on for being different.
Submitted by: Kimberly from Pennsylvania on Jun. 08, 2007 12:57
automuck (noun) : The slushy, dirty, disgusting muck that is created by automobiles traveling over snowy city streets.
Walking through the snow is fine, until I have to hop across the automuck at every corner.
Submitted by: J.C. Moore from Pennsylvania on Feb. 22, 2008 10:05
autonesia (noun) : Partial or total brain freeze of where you parked your car. Usually occurs when you wander into a parking lot with a clueless look on your face and just can't recall where you put "ole betsie" Happens most often at airports, shopping malls and amusement parks.
Harry and Mildred had a bad case of "autonesia" after searching the parking lot for 35 min. not knowing where they parked their car.
Submitted by: Tony Dennis from Minnesota on Jan. 25, 2006 15:15
autonomous vehicle (noun) : a vehicle that is controlled automatically rather than by a human driver
Toyota is one of several heavy-weight car manufacturers and technology companies researching autonomous vehicles. —www.bbc.co.uk, 04 Jan 2013
Submitted by: on Sep. 14, 2013 07:14
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