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cybernetics

[sahy-ber-net-iks]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the study of human control functions and of mechanical and electronic systems designed to replace them, involving the application of statistical mechanics to communication engineering.
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Origin of cybernetics

< Greek kybernḗt(ēs) helmsman, steersman (kybernē-, variant stem of kybernân to steer + -tēs agent suffix) + -ics; term introduced by Norbert Wiener in 1948
Related formscy·ber·net·ic, cy·ber·net·i·cal, adjectivecy·ber·net·i·cal·ly, adverbcy·ber·net·i·cist, cy·ber·ne·ti·cian [sahy-ber-ni-tish-uh n] /ˌsaɪ bər nɪˈtɪʃ ən/, noun
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Related Words

automationtelemechanics

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Historical Examples

  • Cybernetics gained its monopoly by cutting costs of production.

    Joy Ride

    Mark Meadows

  • During the indoctrination period you will do a very simple routine job in coordination with the cybernetics machines.

    The Victor

    Bryce Walton

  • Cybernetics is a combined study of machines and the human nervous system.

  • Her console's so simple anyone with a basic knowledge of computers and cybernetics could figure her out.

  • He got interested in neurology from the physics angle toward the end of his life, and contributed a lot to cybernetics.

    Sentiment, Inc.

    Poul William Anderson


British Dictionary definitions for cybernetics

cybernetics

noun
  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of science concerned with control systems in electronic and mechanical devices and the extent to which useful comparisons can be made between man-made and biological systemsSee also feedback (def. 1)
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Derived Formscybernetic, adjectivecyberneticist, noun

Word Origin

C20: from Greek kubernētēs steersman, from kubernan to steer, control
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cybernetics

n.

coined 1948 by U.S. mathematician Norbert Wiener (1894-1964) from Greek kybernetes "steersman" (metaphorically "guide, governor") + -ics; perhaps based on 1830s French cybernétique "the art of governing."

The future offers very little hope for those who expect that our new mechanical slaves will offer us a world in which we may rest from thinking. Help us they may, but at the cost of supreme demands upon our honesty and our intelligence. [Norbert Weiner, "God and Golem, Inc.," 1964]
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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cybernetics in Medicine

cybernetics

(sī′bər-nĕtĭks)
n.
  1. The theoretical study of communication and control processes in biological, mechanical, and electronic systems, especially the comparison of these processes in biological and artificial systems.
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cybernetics in Science

cybernetics

[sī′bər-nĕtĭks]
  1. The scientific study of communication and control processes in biological, mechanical, and electronic systems. Research in cybernetics often involves the comparison of these processes in biological and artificial systems.
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cybernetics in Culture

cybernetics

[(seye-buhr-net-iks)]

The general study of control and communication systems in living organisms and machines, especially the mathematical analysis of the flow of information. The term cybernetics was coined by Norbert Wiener, an American mathematician of the twentieth century.

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