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animatronics

[an-uh-muh-tron-iks] /ˌæn ə məˈtrɒn ɪks/
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
1975-1980
1975-80; blend of animate and electronics
Related forms
animatronic, adjective
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  • The maintenance crew had finished all the trim and now they were going after the props and animatronics.

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  • Tim hustled us backstage, where Lil and I used to sweat over the animatronics and cop surreptitious feels.

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

British Dictionary definitions for animatronics

animatronics

/ˌænɪməˈtrɒnɪks/
noun
1.
(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
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