automobile

An automobile is a car: a vehicle with four wheels and an internal combustion engine. The automobile is one of the most common ways to travel.

Thanks in part to Henry Ford, automobiles are just about everywhere: in cities, small towns, and even in rural areas, where it's too far to walk from place to place and there's very little public transportation. Trucks, vans, buses, and limousines are bigger than the typical automobile, but they’re automobiles, too. A motorcycle isn't an automobile because it only has two wheels. Automobiles are good for getting around, but they also cause pollution and automobile accidents.

Definitions of automobile
  1. noun
    a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine
    synonyms: auto, car, machine, motorcar
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    ambulance
    a vehicle that takes people to and from hospitals
    beach waggon, beach wagon, estate car, station waggon, station wagon, waggon, wagon
    a car that has a long body and rear door with space behind rear seat
    bus, heap, jalopy
    a car that is old and unreliable
    cab, hack, taxi, taxicab
    a car driven by a person whose job is to take passengers where they want to go in exchange for money
    compact, compact car
    a small and economical car
    convertible
    a car that has top that can be folded or removed
    coupe
    a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment
    cruiser, patrol car, police car, police cruiser, prowl car, squad car
    a car in which policemen cruise the streets; equipped with radiotelephonic communications to headquarters
    electric, electric automobile, electric car
    a car that is powered by electricity
    gas guzzler
    a car with relatively low fuel efficiency
    hardtop
    a car that resembles a convertible but has a fixed rigid top
    hatchback
    a car having a hatchback door
    horseless carriage
    an early term for an automobile
    hot rod, hot-rod
    a car modified to increase its speed and acceleration
    jeep, landrover
    a car suitable for traveling over rough terrain
    limo, limousine
    large luxurious car; usually driven by a chauffeur
    loaner
    a car that is lent as a replacement for one that is under repair
    minicar
    a car that is even smaller than a subcompact car
    minivan
    a small box-shaped passenger van; usually has removable seats; used as a family car
    Model T
    the first widely available automobile powered by a gasoline engine; mass-produced by Henry Ford from 1908 to 1927
    pace car
    a high-performance car that leads a parade of competing cars through the pace lap and then pulls off the course
    race car, racer, racing car
    a fast car that competes in races
    roadster, runabout, two-seater
    an open automobile having a front seat and a rumble seat
    saloon, sedan
    a car that is closed and that has front and rear seats and two or four doors
    sport car, sports car
    a small low car with a high-powered engine; usually seats two persons
    S.U.V., SUV, sport utility, sport utility vehicle
    a high-performance four-wheel drive car built on a truck chassis
    Stanley Steamer
    a steam-powered automobile
    stock car
    a car kept in dealers' stock for regular sales
    subcompact, subcompact car
    a car smaller than a compact car
    phaeton, tourer, touring car
    large open car seating four with folding top
    secondhand car, used-car
    a car that has been previously owned; not a new car
    berlin
    a limousine with a glass partition between the front and back seats
    brougham
    a sedan that has no roof over the driver's seat
    finisher
    a race car that finishes a race
    funny wagon
    an ambulance used to transport patients to a mental hospital
    gypsy cab
    a taxicab that cruises for customers although it is licensed only to respond to calls
    minicab
    a minicar used as a taxicab
    panda car
    a police cruiser
    shooting brake
    another name for a station wagon
    stock car
    a racing car with the basic chassis of a commercially available car
    type of:
    automotive vehicle, motor vehicle
    a self-propelled wheeled vehicle that does not run on rails
  2. verb
    travel in an automobile
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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