(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

1975–80; blend of animate and electronics
Related formsan·i·ma·tron·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for animatronic

Contemporary Examples of animatronic

  • I think what they ought to do is start now and spend the next year building an animatronic Bob Hope.

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    The Oscars: Bring Back Bob Hope

    Michael Tomasky

    February 25, 2013

British Dictionary definitions for animatronic



of, concerned with, or operated by animatronicsanimatronic dinosaurs



(functioning as singular) a branch of film and theatre technology that combines traditional puppetry techniques with electronics to create lifelike animated effects

Word Origin for animatronics

C20: from anima (tion) + (elec) tronics
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