cir·​cuit·​ry | \ ˈsər-kə-trē How to pronounce circuitry (audio) \
plural circuitries

Definition of circuitry

1 : the detailed plan or arrangement of an electric circuit
2 : the components of an electric circuit
3 : the network of interconnected neurons in the nervous system and especially the brain also : circuit sense 4d

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This same circuitry, of course, renders elephants susceptible to the various psychic pathologies that afflict imprisoned humans: extreme boredom and depression, stereotypical behaviors like manic pacing and rocking and heightened aggression. New York Times, "Zoos Called It a ‘Rescue.’ But Are the Elephants Really Better Off?," 9 July 2019 Other sensors and circuitry guard the appliance against overheating. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Why Your Next Water Heater Should Be Tankless," 14 Aug. 2019 The plastic and circuitry all went straight into the garbage—or the street. National Geographic, "Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. Should they be banned?," 9 Aug. 2019 Its complex neon circuitry, however, has not fared as well as its sheet metal façade. Kate Santich,, "The Rescue Mission’s iconic cross near downtown Orlando has survived several hurricanes. But will it survive a move?," 9 Sep. 2019 Lawton told me that the cyst was located in an area of brain circuitry that is disturbed in Parkinson’s patients and could be the cause of her movement disorders and double vision. David Armstrong, ProPublica, "In Men, It’s Parkinson’s. In Women, It’s Hysteria.," 23 Aug. 2019 While the exact circuitry behind this nearly universal reaction is not fully understood, scientists may have just found an important piece of the puzzle: a previously unknown sensory organ inside the skin. National Geographic, "Newly discovered organ may be lurking under your skin," 15 Aug. 2019 What Didion gauged and registered, more faithfully than anyone else, were faults in the circuitry, behavioral and neurological, of an entire social structure. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Quentin Tarantino Tweaks History in “Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood”," 26 July 2019 The result is that 5G takes up a lot more space and generates a lot more heat than 4G, and when this heat gets to be too much, all that 5G circuitry just shuts off. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The latest barrier to 5G speeds? The summer," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of circuitry

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of circuitry was in 1946

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English Language Learners Definition of circuitry

: a system or group of electric circuits


cir·​cuit·​ry | \ ˈsər-kə-trē How to pronounce circuitry (audio) \

Medical Definition of circuitry

1a : the detailed plan or arrangement of an electric circuit
b : the components of an electric circuit
2 : the network of interconnected neurons in the nervous system and especially the brain also : the neuronal pathways of the brain along which electrical and chemical signals travel

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