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electronics

[ih-lek-tron-iks, ee-lek-] /ɪ lɛkˈtrɒn ɪks, ˌi lɛk-/
noun
1.
(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.
2.
(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
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10; See origin at electronic, -ics
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  • And on Walden electronics was only a trade like piracy, and no more fun.

    The Pirates of Ersatz Murray Leinster
  • He had three children—was an electronics designer, junior grade.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • Testing and re-testing of the electronics brought out no flaws.

    A Fine Fix R. C. Noll
  • He assembled specialties in the line of electronics and modern physics.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • He glanced at the master chrono, 0610, and followed him into the electronics corner.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
British Dictionary definitions for electronics

electronics

/ɪlɛkˈtrɒnɪks; ˌiːlɛk-/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the science and technology concerned with the development, behaviour, and applications of electronic devices and circuits
2.
(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
n.

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

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