One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a machine or operation) acting without external influence or control; automatic.‘this being a self-acting incline the empty trucks were dragged up by the full ones’
- ‘Precision manufacture of interchangeable parts led to greater and greater division of labor and the invention of self-acting machines that could be operated by workers with less training and experience than traditional craftsmen.’
- ‘After 1825, when the self-acting mule spinner automated the process, spinning 100 pounds of cotton took 135 hours.’
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