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

n a motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine

auto, car, machine, motorcar
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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
a car that has top that can be folded or removed
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
a car that resembles a convertible but has a fixed rigid top
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
a car that is lent as a replacement for one that is under repair
a car that is even smaller than a subcompact car
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
a limousine with a glass partition between the front and back seats
a sedan that has no roof over the driver's seat
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
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

v travel in an automobile

Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

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