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  1. a combining form meaning “computer,” “computer network,” or “virtual reality,” used in the formation of compound words (cybertalk; cyberart; cyberspace) and by extension meaning “expressing visions of the future” (cyberfashion).
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Origin of cyber-

extracted from cybernetics
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Related Words for cyber

computerized, virtual, electronic, high-tech, robotic, mechanized

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British Dictionary definitions for cyber

cyber-

combining form
  1. indicating computerscyberphobia
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Word Origin for cyber-

C20: back formation from cybernetics
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Word Origin and History for cyber

as an element in word formation, ultimately from cybernetics (q.v.). It enjoyed explosive use with the rise of the Internet early 1990s. One researcher (Nagel) counted 104 words formed from it by 1994. Cyberpunk (by 1986) and cyberspace were among the earliest.

Cyber is such a perfect prefix. Because nobody has any idea what it means, it can be grafted onto any old word to make it seem new, cool -- and therefore strange, spooky. ["New York" magazine, Dec. 23, 1996]

As a stand-alone, it is attested by 1998 as short for cybersex (which is attested by 1995).

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cyber in Science

cyber-

  1. A prefix that means “computer” or “computer network,” as in cyberspace, the electronic medium in which online communication takes place.
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