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[ih-lek-tron-ik, ee-lek-] /ɪ lɛkˈtrɒn ɪk, ˌi lɛk-/
of or relating to electronics or to devices, circuits, or systems developed through electronics.
of or relating to electrons or to an electron.
(of a musical instrument) using electric or electronic means to produce or modify the sound.
of, relating to, or controlled by computers or computerized systems:
electronic voting; an electronic document.
of or noting computerized products, services, or technologies:
electronic banking.
Origin of electronic
First recorded in 1900-05; electron + -ic
Related forms
electronically, adverb
interelectronic, adjective
nonelectronic, adjective, noun
preelectronic, adjective
unelectronic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for electronic
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  • With the result that, late in 2007, Pol-Anx had an electronic servo-tracer.

    Zero Data Charles Saphro
  • I tried the electronic engines from the stern, setting them in the reverse.

  • Lane waited for the electronic brain to come up with the answer.

    Mutineer Robert J. Shea
  • The Cometara was equipped also with tail-streamers of electronic nature.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • I was examining an electronic bolt, when suddenly there came Snap's call.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
British Dictionary definitions for electronic


/ɪlɛkˈtrɒnɪk; ˌiːlɛk-/
of, concerned with, using, or operated by devices in which electrons are conducted through a semiconductor, free space, or gas
of or concerned with electronics
of or concerned with electrons or an electron: an electronic energy level in a molecule
involving or concerned with the representation, storage, or transmission of information by electronic systems: electronic mail, electronic shopping
Derived Forms
electronically, adverb
Usage note
Electronic is used to refer to equipment, such as television sets, computers, etc, in which the current is controlled by transistors, valves, and similar components and also to the components themselves. Electrical is used in a more general sense, often to refer to the use of electricity as a whole as opposed to other forms of energy: electrical engineering; an electrical appliance. Electric, in many cases used interchangeably with electrical, is often restricted to the description of particular devices or to concepts relating to the flow of current: electric fire; electric charge
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for electronic

1902, "pertaining to electrons;" 1930 as "pertaining to electronics;" see electron + -ic. Related: Electronically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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electronic in Science
Relating to electrical devices that amplify and process electrical signals. Audio amplifiers, radios, and digital circuitry are electronic devices. ◇ The scientific study of the behavior and design of electronic devices and circuits is called electronics. Compare electric.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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