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animatronics

[an-uh-muh-tron-iks]
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noun
  1. (used with a singular verb) the technology connected with the use of electronics to animate puppets or other figures, as for motion pictures.

Origin of animatronics

1975–80; blend of animate and electronics
Related formsan·i·ma·tron·ic, adjective
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animatronic

adjective
  1. of, concerned with, or operated by animatronicsanimatronic dinosaurs

animatronics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) a branch of film and theatre technology that combines traditional puppetry techniques with electronics to create lifelike animated effects

Word Origin

C20: from anima (tion) + (elec) tronics
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