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[an-uh-muh-tron-iks] /ˌæn ə məˈtrɒn ɪks/
(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 forms
animatronic, adjective Unabridged
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  • Tim hustled us backstage, where Lil and I used to sweat over the animatronics and cop surreptitious feels.

  • The maintenance crew had finished all the trim and now they were going after the props and animatronics.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
  • But what if all of the animatronics had human operators—telecontrollers, working with waldoes?

British Dictionary definitions for animatronics


(functioning as sing) 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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