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

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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 An interactive drive-thru dinosaur show, called Jurassic Quest, featuring more than 70 walking, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs runs Friday Jan. 1 to Jan. 10 (closed Jan. 4-5) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ Tropicana Field, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fishing club collects toys, foods for Camp Pendleton families," 29 Dec. 2020 And interwoven with the big themes, there were smaller pleasures: giant doves, a tiny Nativity scene, a grinning animatronic Mickey Mouse Santa. Nara Schoenberg,, "Beloved Logan Square Christmas House shines on, a year after the death of its creator, Frank Lopez," 23 Dec. 2020 Dinosaur Drive-Thru is an exhibit where families can see more than 60 animatronic dinosaurs moving about. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, "Drive-through dinosaur exhibit roars into Arlington this month," 21 Dec. 2020 Nearby, a gaggle of animatronic clowns smile maniacally while holding chain saws; lush feather boas cascade down shelves like ivy; and the aisles twinkle with constellations of accessories covered in rhinestones and glitter. Julyssa Lopez, Vogue, "Rosalía on Ambition, Writing her New Album, and Embracing Extremes," 15 Dec. 2020 The Rose Bowl in Pasadena is hosting a drive-through event featuring animatronic dinosaurs. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Fairgrounds, theme parks open drive-through holiday shows to offset lost revenue," 11 Dec. 2020 Visitors can also meet the tour’s staff and pet baby animatronic dinosaurs. Phillip Valys,, "Dinosaur tailgate party? 70 animatronic dinosaurs stampeding into BB&T Center parking lot," 27 Nov. 2020 The Clinton Township location featured classic arcade games, vintage pinball and an animatronic band, with some equipment coming from original Major Magic restaurants. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Major Magic, a childhood staple for many, closing down after revival attempt," 18 Nov. 2020 The animatronic dinos are displayed in realistic scenes, allowing guests to experience roaring and moving, all from the comfort of their own vehicles. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "Jurassic Quest to return to Katy Mills Mall for holidays," 18 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of animatronic was in 1972

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6 Jan 2021

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“Animatronic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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