[ey-vee-on-iks, av-ee-]


(used with a singular verb) the science and technology of the development and use of electrical and electronic devices in aviation.
(used with a plural verb) the devices themselves.

Origin of avionics

First recorded in 1945–50; avi(ation) + (electr)onics
Related formsa·vi·on·ic, adjective
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(functioning as singular) the science and technology of electronics applied to aeronautics and astronautics
(functioning as plural) the electronic circuits and devices of an aerospace vehicle
Derived Formsavionic, adjective

Word Origin for avionics

C20: from avi (ation electr) onics
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Word Origin and History for avionics

1949, from aviation + electronics.

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