autopilot
Noun

autopilot

  1. (aviation, nautical) A mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic system used to guide a vehicle without assistance from a human being.
    I set the autopilot to due south, so I could get some rest.
  2. (by extension, figuratively) A state of mind where one no longer thinks about doing one's actions, but acts mechanically
    I've been doing this 12 hours non-stop, and am so hungry and tired that I've stopped thinking: I'm now on autopilot.
Related terms Translations Verb

autopilot (autopilots, present participle autopiloting; past and past participle autopiloted)

  1. (intransitive, of a vehicle) To pilot itself; to drive or travel automatically.



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