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An automobile, also known as a car or a motor vehicle, is a self-propelled machine designed for transportation purposes. It typically has four wheels and is powered by an internal combustion engine, electric motor, or a hybrid of the two. The invention of the automobile revolutionized transportation, allowing people to travel greater distances in shorter amounts of time. Automobiles come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, ranging from small, fuel-efficient cars to large, luxurious SUVs. They are used for a variety of purposes, including commuting to work, running errands, and traveling long distances. In addition to personal use, automobiles are also used for commercial purposes, such as transporting goods and services. The automobile industry is a major contributor to the global economy, providing jobs and generating revenue for countless businesses. The industry is constantly evolving, with new technologies and innovations being introduced every year. Some of the latest advancements include electric and hybrid vehicles, self-driving cars, and advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning systems. Despite its many benefits, the automobile also has its drawbacks. Automobiles contribute to air pollution and climate change, and they are a major source of traffic congestion and accidents. As a result, efforts are being made to reduce the environmental impact of automobiles and to make them safer for drivers and passengers.

transportation, internal combustion engine, electric motor, hybrid, economy, innovation, pollution, safety

Nicholas Anderson


The term automobile is a noun that is used to refer to a self-propelled vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an engine and used for transporting people or goods. Similarly, other languages have distinct words that describe this type of vehicle. French, for example, uses the words voiture and auto; German Auto and Fahrzeug; Spanish automóvil and coche; and Italian auto and macchina. In Portuguese, the words automóvel and carro are used, and in Dutch, the words auto and voertuig are employed. Additionally, in Catalan, the term cotxe is employed. Meanwhile, in Swedish, Czech, and Hungarian the word bil is used; Polish and Norwegian use the word bil; and Greek uses the word μοντέρνο οχήμα. Finally, in Chinese, the term 汽车 (qì chē) is used to describe an automobile, and Japanese use the words くるま (kuruma) and 自動車 (jidōsha).

French voiture, auto / German Auto, Fahrzeug / Spanish automóvil, coche / Italian auto, macchina / Portuguese automóvel, carro / Dutch auto, voertuig / Catalan cotxe / Swedish, Czech, Hungarian bil / Polish, Norwegian bil / Greek μοντέρνο οχήμα / Chinese

Harris Awan

CITATION : "Harris Awan. 'Automobile.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on June 15, 2024)"


Automobile is a noun which describes self-propelled passenger vehicle or a motor vehicle used for transportation. Synonyms for automobile include car, vehicle, motor, motorcar, and auto. Antonyms for automobile include immobility, inaction, and non-travel. Cognates for automobile include automobile (English), autocarros (Portuguese), autobus (French), and automovil (Spanish). Variants of automobile include autos, autos, autoes, and autymobiles.

Transportation, Engine, Fuel, Wheels, Drivetrain.

George Adrian Postea


The Latin prefix auto- (self-) and the Greek root mobilis (movement) combine to form the word Automobile, the name for a self-propelling vehicle. This word was first attributed to inventor Émile Levassor in 1897 and marks a major technological shift in personal transportation. The meaning of the word Automobile is composed of three components: the derivational form, meaning the vehicle’s ability to self-propel; the root morpheme, alluding to movement; and the inflectional affix, referring to the vehicle’s inherent singularity. This combination of root and affix marks a linguistic deviation from a more general term like ‘car’, which typically refers to any mode of transportation on land. Pragmatically, the word ‘automobile’ has been used to signify the commercial emergence of a newly invented invention and its major impact on society.

Linguistics, Morphology, Etymology, Transportation, Movement.

Henry Fontaine


An automobile is a wheeled motor vehicle used for transportation. Most definitions of cars say they run primarily on roads, seat one to eight people, have four tires, and mainly transport people rather than goods. Modern cars feature an array of electronic systems, such as air conditioning, navigation, and entertainment systems. Automobiles are powered by an internal combustion engine, electric motor, or hybrid electric motor, using a wide range of fuels, including gasoline, diesel, ethanol, and electricity.

Vehicle, Transportation, Motor, Fuel Efficiency.

Robert Johnson

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