an·​i·​ma·​tron·​ic | \ ˌa-nə-mə-ˈträ-nik How to pronounce animatronic (audio) \

Definition of animatronic

: of, relating to, or being a puppet or similar figure that is animated by means of electromechanical devices

Other Words from animatronic

animatronically \ ˌa-​nə-​mə-​ˈträ-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce animatronic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of animatronic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After Trump took office in 2017, an online petition was launched to push Disney to keep its animatronic Trump silent, but the effort failed. Mike Schneider, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 When going down memory lane of filming Chamber of Secrets, Columbus and Radcliffe recalled unknowingly fooling the late Harris with the animatronic phoenix used as Dumbledore’s Fawkes. Lexy Perez, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Jan. 2022 Former President Donald Trump's animatronic replica will relocate to another spot in the tableau now that his term is over, the blog post said. Mike Schneider, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 These are separate admission from Pirates Dinner Adventure, the original attraction, which has added characters such as a mermaid and a female pirate to the story as well as an animatronic dragon. Dewayne Bevil,, 11 July 2021 The facility will be reminiscent of the former Times Square flagship location in Manhattan (which included a life-size Barbie DreamHouse, a 34-foot-tall animatronic T. rex, and a 60-foot-tall indoor Ferris wheel). Chris Morris, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 The towering, sparkling animatronic specimen was a beautiful sight to behold. Skyler Caruso,, 26 Nov. 2021 The children’s game center and pizza parlor with the distinctive animatronic animal band expanded, thanks in part to the rising popularity of video games, according to a 2017 case study published in the Journal of Business Cases and Applications. Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 There’s some new additions, too — like a shaking animatronic clown holding a lollipop in one hand and a cage with a little girl inside in the other. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of animatronic

1972, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for animatronic

short for audio-animatronic

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18 Jan 2022

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“Animatronic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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