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[roh-bot-iks] /roʊˈbɒt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the use of computer-controlled robots to perform manual tasks, especially on an assembly line.
Origin of robotics
1941; robot + -ics; coined by Isaac Asimov Unabridged
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  • I thought it over for a second, then asked, "But what do your robotics men say is causing the malfunctions?"

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  • He knew where you could get plans for the robotics, and off-the-shelf motors and sensors.

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British Dictionary definitions for robotics


noun (functioning as sing)
the science or technology of designing, building, and using robots
another name for robot dancing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for robotics

1941, from robot + -ics. Coined in a science fiction context by Russian-born U.S. author Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), who proposed the "Three Laws of Robotics" in 1968.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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