[ ih-lek-tron-ik, ee-lek- ]
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  1. of or relating to electronics or to devices, circuits, or systems developed through electronics.

  2. of or relating to electrons or to an electron.

  1. (of a musical instrument) using electric or electronic means to produce or modify the sound.

  2. of, relating to, or controlled by computers or computerized systems: electronic voting;an electronic document.

  3. of or noting computerized products, services, or technologies: online electronic dictionaries;electronic banking.

Origin of electronic

First recorded in 1900–05; electron + -ic

Other words from electronic

  • e·lec·tron·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • in·ter·e·lec·tron·ic, adjective
  • non·e·lec·tron·ic, adjective, noun
  • pre·e·lec·tron·ic, adjective
  • un·e·lec·tron·ic, adjective

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How to use electronic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for electronic


/ (ɪlɛkˈtrɒnɪk, ˌiːlɛk-) /

  1. of, concerned with, using, or operated by devices in which electrons are conducted through a semiconductor, free space, or gas

  2. of or concerned with electronics

  1. of or concerned with electrons or an electron: an electronic energy level in a molecule

  2. involving or concerned with the representation, storage, or transmission of information by electronic systems: electronic mail; electronic shopping

usage For electronic

Electronic is used to refer to equipment, such as television sets, computers, etc, in which the current is controlled by transistors, valves, and similar components and also to the components themselves. Electrical is used in a more general sense, often to refer to the use of electricity as a whole as opposed to other forms of energy: electrical engineering; an electrical appliance. Electric, in many cases used interchangeably with electrical, is often restricted to the description of particular devices or to concepts relating to the flow of current: electric fire; electric charge

Derived forms of electronic

  • electronically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for electronic


[ ĭ-lĕk′trŏnĭk ]

  1. Relating to electrical devices that amplify and process electrical signals. Audio amplifiers, radios, and digital circuitry are electronic devices.♦ The scientific study of the behavior and design of electronic devices and circuits is called electronics. Compare electric.

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