(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

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  • The maintenance crew had finished all the trim and now they were going after the props and animatronics.


    Cory Doctorow

  • Tim hustled us backstage, where Lil and I used to sweat over the animatronics and cop surreptitious feels.

  • But what if all of the animatronics had human operators—telecontrollers, working with waldoes?

British Dictionary definitions for animatronics



(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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