cybernetics

[ sahy-ber-net-iks ]
/ ˌsaɪ bərˈnɛt ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

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.

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 forms

cy·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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British Dictionary definitions for cybernetics

cybernetics

/ (ˌsaɪbəˈnɛtɪks) /

noun

(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)

Derived Forms

cybernetic, adjectivecyberneticist, noun

Word Origin for cybernetics

C20: from Greek kubernētēs steersman, from kubernan to steer, control
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Medicine definitions for cybernetics

cybernetics

[ sī′bər-nĕtĭks ]

n.

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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Science definitions for cybernetics

cybernetics

[ sī′bər-nĕtĭks ]

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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Culture definitions for cybernetics

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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