[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?

Nearby words

  1. electronic tag,
  2. electronic transfer of funds,
  3. electronic voting,
  4. electronic warfare,
  5. electronica,
  6. electronvolt,
  7. electronystagmography,
  8. electrooculogram,
  9. electropalatography,
  10. electropherogram

Origin of electronics

First recorded in 1905–10; see origin at electronic, -ics

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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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