Main definitions of auto-destruct in English

: auto-destruct1auto-destruct2

auto-destruct1

noun

figurative
  • The state or process of self-destruction; a function, setting, etc., which brings this about. Chiefly figurative.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in The New York Magazine. From auto- + destruct, after auto-destruction, auto-destructive.

Pronunciation

auto-destruct

/ˌɔːtə(ʊ)dɪˈstrʌkt/

Main definitions of auto-destruct in English

: auto-destruct1auto-destruct2

auto-destruct2

verb

  • no object Of a thing: to destroy itself automatically, especially when preset to do so; = self-destruct.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in New Leader. From auto- + destruct.

Pronunciation

auto-destruct

/ˌɔːtə(ʊ)dɪˈstrʌkt/