[ih-lek-tron-iks, ee-lek-]


(used with a singular verb) the science dealing with the development and application of devices and systems involving the flow of electrons in a vacuum, in gaseous media, and in semiconductors.
(used with a plural verb) electronic devices, circuits, or systems developed through electronics: Can you get through the day without using your phone or other electronics?

Origin of electronics

First recorded in 1905–10; see origin at electronic, -ics
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Related Words for electronics

camcorders, transistors

Examples from the Web for electronics

Contemporary Examples of electronics

Historical Examples of electronics

  • And on Walden electronics was only a trade like piracy, and no more fun.

    The Pirates of Ersatz

    Murray Leinster

  • He had three children—was an electronics designer, junior grade.

    Final Weapon

    Everett B. Cole

  • Testing and re-testing of the electronics brought out no flaws.

    A Fine Fix

    R. C. Noll

  • He assembled specialties in the line of electronics and modern physics.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster

  • He glanced at the master chrono, 0610, and followed him into the electronics corner.

British Dictionary definitions for electronics



(functioning as singular) the science and technology concerned with the development, behaviour, and applications of electronic devices and circuits
(functioning as plural) the circuits and devices of a piece of electronic equipmentthe electronics of a television set
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Word Origin and History for electronics

1910, from electronic; cf. also -ics. The science of how electrons behave in vacuums, gas, semi-conductors, etc.

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