[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.
  3. (of a musical instrument) using electric or electronic means to produce or modify the sound.
  4. of, relating to, or controlled by computers or computerized systems: electronic voting; an electronic document.
  5. of or noting computerized products, services, or technologies: electronic banking.

Origin of electronic

First recorded in 1900–05; electron + -ic
Related formse·lec·tron·i·cal·ly, adverbin·ter·e·lec·tron·ic, adjectivenon·e·lec·tron·ic, adjective, nounpre·e·lec·tron·ic, adjectiveun·e·lec·tron·ic, adjective
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Related Words for electronic

computerized, anodic, cathodic, thermionic, voltaic

Examples from the Web for electronic

Contemporary Examples of electronic

Historical Examples of electronic

  • With the result that, late in 2007, Pol-Anx had an electronic servo-tracer.

    Zero Data

    Charles Saphro

  • I tried the electronic engines from the stern, setting them in the reverse.

  • Lane waited for the electronic brain to come up with the answer.


    Robert J. Shea

  • The Cometara was equipped also with tail-streamers of electronic nature.

    Wandl the Invader

    Raymond King Cummings

  • I was examining an electronic bolt, when suddenly there came Snap's call.

    Wandl the Invader

    Raymond King Cummings

British Dictionary definitions for electronic


  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
  3. of or concerned with electrons or an electronan electronic energy level in a molecule
  4. involving or concerned with the representation, storage, or transmission of information by electronic systemselectronic mail; electronic shopping
Derived Formselectronically, adverb


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
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 electronic

1902, "pertaining to electrons;" 1930 as "pertaining to electronics;" see electron + -ic. Related: Electronically.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

electronic in Science


  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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