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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animatronically \ -​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce animatronically (audio) \ adverb

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In the original series, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina's pet cat and confidant is an animatronic puppet who's hilarious quips and memeable nature pretty much made the show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2," 6 Dec. 2018 In 2016, a developer named Brian Kane hacked his Alexa device to speak through the animatronic singing fish, and now the product is real, official, and available for pre-order. Dami Lee, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Gadgets," 30 Dec. 2018 The Gravesend Inn Haunted Hotel, which has been running annually for 20 years, is built and operated by students at City Tech, who help work the complicated system of animatronic characters and motion sensors that trigger special effects. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "The Halloween experience in 2018 is less spooky and more selfies.," 22 Oct. 2018 This animatronic Jack figure—which is 6 feet tall, by the way—has a moving mouth, arm, and hands, and can talk. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Buy A Giant, Animatronic Jack Skellington For Your Lawn," 2 Oct. 2018 Sony When Sony first released the Aibo in 1999, the animatronic pup sold out within 20 minutes of its launch. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Sony’s $2,900 robot dog now on sale in the U.S.," 20 Sep. 2018 To date, nearly 400 million people have ridden the original Disneyland Park version, traveling the length of the 1,838-foot canal flanked by 120 audio-animatronic characters, including representations of nine different animals. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Fifty Years Ago, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Revolutionized Theme Park Rides," 17 Mar. 2017 The difference is especially obvious in the massive lobby, a traditional spot for children to watch shows featuring animatronic Great Wolf characters. Emily K. Coleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Chance the Rapper leads camp kids in test run at Great Wolf Lodge, Gurnee's newly renovated water park," 21 June 2018 At Art Museum exhibit runs through Sept. 16, with animatronic sculptures and interactive art. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018

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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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