Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Automobile'
n : 4-wheeled motor vehicle; usually propelled by an internal
combustion engine; "he needs a car to get to work" [syn:
car, auto, machine, motorcar]
v : travel in an automobile
- Automobile \Au`to*mo"bile\, n. [F.]
An automobile vehicle or mechanism; esp., a self-propelled
vehicle suitable for use on a street or roadway. Automobiles
are usually propelled by internal combustion engines (using
volatile inflammable liquids, as gasoline or petrol, alcohol,
naphtha, etc.), steam engines, or electric motors. The power
of the driving motor varies from about 4 to 50 H. P. for
ordinary vehicles, ranging from the run-about to the touring
car, up to as high as 200 H. P. for specially built racing
cars. Automobiles are also commonly, and generally in British
usage, called motor cars.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Automobile'
An automobile, motor car or car is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transporting passengers, which also carries its own engine or motor. Most definitions of the term specify that automobiles are designed to run primarily on roads, to have seating for one to eight people, to typically have four wheels, and to be constructed principally for the transport of people rather than goods.
There are approximately 600 million passenger cars worldwide (roughly one car per eleven people).
The word automobile comes, via the French automobile, from the Ancient Greek word αὐτός (autós, "self") and the Latin mobilis ("movable"); meaning a vehicle that moves itself, rather than being pulled or pushed by a separate animal or another vehicle. The alternative name car is believed to originate from the Latin word carrus or carrum ("wheeled vehicle"), or the Middle English word carre ("cart") (from Old North French), or from the Gaulish word karros (a Gallic Chariot).[See more about Automobile at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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* The shortage of student loans may require ... divestiture of certain sorts-stereo divestiture, automobile divestiture, three-weeks-at-the-beach divestiture. - William John Bennett
* A tree never hits an automobile except in self defense. - American Proverb
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