One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A switch that operates automatically, an automatic switch; specifically a facility by which a device automatically switches between different modes of operation or adjusts its settings according to circumstances.
no object To switch automatically between different modes of operation or different settings according to circumstances.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Horseless Age. From auto- + switch<br>1980s; earliest use found in InfoWorld. From auto- + switch, after autoswitch.
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