dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information
Wiki: Resources, links, and other information


2 definitions found
 for automagically
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  automagically
   /aw?toh?maj'i?klee/, adv.
  
      Automatically, but in a way that, for some reason (typically because it is
      too complicated, or too ugly, or perhaps even too trivial), the speaker
      doesn't feel like explaining to you. See magic. ?The C-INTERCAL compiler
      generates C, then automagically invokes cc(1) to produce an executable.?
  
      This term is quite old, going back at least to the mid-70s in jargon and
      probably much earlier. The word ?automagic? occurred in advertising (for a
      shirt-ironing gadget) as far back as the late 1940s.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  automagically
  
      /aw-toh-maj'i-klee/ or /aw-toh-maj'i-k*l-ee/
     Automatically, but in a way that, for some reason (typically
     because it is too complicated, or too ugly, or perhaps even
     too trivial), the speaker doesn't feel like explaining to you.
  
     E.g. "The C-INTERCAL compiler generates C, then automagically
     invokes cc to produce an executable."
  
     See magic.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2001-05-18)
  

Questions or comments about this site? Contact webmaster@dict.org