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[ih-lek-tron-iks, ee-lek-] /ɪ lɛkˈtrɒn ɪks, ˌi lɛk-/
(used with a singular verb) the science dealing with the development and application of devices and systems involving the flow of electrons in a vacuum, in gaseous media, and in semiconductors.
(used with a plural verb) electronic devices, circuits, or systems developed through electronics:
Can you get through the day without using your phone or other electronics?
Origin of electronics
1905-10; see electronic, -ics Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It was a shock, because he had such a big reputation as an electronics wizard.

    The Flying Stingaree Harold Leland Goodwin
  • He had three children—was an electronics designer, junior grade.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • Yes, sir; this was someone that knew something about electronics or electronic engineering for the sweeping of different places.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Testing and re-testing of the electronics brought out no flaws.

    A Fine Fix R. C. Noll
  • The electronics group of Pegasus was just about at a standstill.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery Harold Leland Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for electronics


/ɪlɛkˈtrɒnɪks; ˌiːlɛk-/
(functioning as sing) the science and technology concerned with the development, behaviour, and applications of electronic devices and circuits
(functioning as pl) the circuits and devices of a piece of electronic equipment: the electronics of a television set
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Word Origin and History for electronics

1910, from electronic; cf. also -ics. The science of how electrons behave in vacuums, gas, semi-conductors, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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