noun (used with a singular verb)

the use of computer-controlled robots to perform manual tasks, especially on an assembly line.

Origin of robotics

1941; robot + -ics; coined by Isaac Asimov Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for robotics

Contemporary Examples of robotics

Historical Examples of robotics

  • He knew where you could get plans for the robotics, and off-the-shelf motors and sensors.


    Cory Doctorow

  • I thought it over for a second, then asked, "But what do your robotics men say is causing the malfunctions?"

    A Spaceship Named McGuire

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for robotics


noun (functioning as singular)

the science or technology of designing, building, and using robots
another name for robot dancing
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 robotics

1941, from robot + -ics. Coined in a science fiction context by Russian-born U.S. author Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), who proposed the "Three Laws of Robotics" in 1968.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper