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 animatronically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of animatronic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only thing worse than these disturbingly humanoid emojis is probably something like this disembodied animatronic head. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "AI Turns Harmless Emojis Into Horrible Nightmares," 28 Aug. 2019 Read on for Will Smith, the International Space Station, and the year’s creepiest animatronic toy. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 24 Nov. 2018 As the threatening animatronic characters come to life, The Janitor has to fight his way from one monster to another to survive until morning and get out of the park. Nick Romano,, "It'll be Nicolas Cage vs. nightmarish theme park attractions in Wally's Wonderland," 29 Oct. 2019 One day one of the animatronic dolls combusted, and the head started smoking and caught on fire. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Child's Play Star Aubrey Plaza Talks Her Scariest Chucky Moment On Set," 24 June 2019 The ghostly librarian who turns into a terrifying ghoul in an early scene was created using an animatronic robot, which was rigged to fly forward at the actors and have its clothes tear off. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How Your World Works Podcast: The Special Effects Behind 'Ghostbusters'," 27 Oct. 2015 In Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities the many strange objects on the walls and shelves — weapons, helmets, ferocious animal heads, and the life-size animatronic alien proprietor — made for an enigmatic stop., "I recently had an early look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Orlando. Here are five interstellar takeaways.," 13 Sep. 2019 Plus, some of its displays are wildly outdated — such as the creaky animatronic saber-toothed tiger that is forever devouring a giant ground sloth, its tinny roar on permanent loop. Los Angeles Times, "Three design teams propose La Brea Tar Pits revamp. The mammoth’s future? Uncertain," 26 Aug. 2019 Giant animatronic dinos, ancient forests and deserts, fossils, casts, plate tectonics in action. Stephan Salisbury,, "N.C. Wyeth, Penn Museum’s moving sphinx, Gee’s Bend quilters, and more museum highlights," 5 June 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Animatronic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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