electronic

adjective
elec·​tron·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträ-nik How to pronounce electronic (audio) \

Definition of electronic

1 : of or relating to electrons
2a : of, relating to, or utilizing devices constructed or working by the methods or principles of electronics electronic fuel injection
b : implemented on or by means of a computer : involving a computer electronic banking
3a : generating musical tones by electronic means an electronic organ
b : of, relating to, or being music that consists of sounds electronically generated or modified
4 : of, relating to, or being a medium (such as television) by which information is transmitted electronically electronic journalism

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Other Words from electronic

electronically \ i-​ˌlek-​ˈträ-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electronically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of electronic in a Sentence

electronic devices such as televisions and computers Sign up for electronic banking.

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In contrast with trading in shares, where buy and sell orders are matched on electronic order books, corporate bonds are traded over-the-counter. The Economist, "Why everybody is concerned about corporate-bond liquidity," 13 July 2019 Documents and electronic devices were also seized, the Gibraltar Chronicle reported. Karla Adam, BostonGlobe.com, "Britain says it thwarted Iranian vessels from interfering with its tanker in Strait of Hormuz," 11 July 2019 Kantrowitz notes that the FSA ID is an electronic signature and can be used to change the borrower's mailing address. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Struggling to pay student loans? You could be targeted by scammers," 10 July 2019 Legislators have complained that Lamont’s message on his signature issue - electronic highway tolls - has been muddled from the start as the administration mishandled the roll-out by announcing a major issue with an op-ed article on a weekend. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Gov. Lamont making staff shake-up after 6 months," 10 July 2019 The kingdom is also promising quick electronic visas for international visitors who want to attend. Mesfin Fekadu, Twin Cities, "Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia concert to support women’s, gay rights," 9 July 2019 The kingdom is also promising quick electronic visas for international visitors who want to attend. Mesfin Fekadu, chicagotribune.com, "Nicki Minaj pulls out of Saudi Arabia concert," 9 July 2019 Part of the settlement is in lockdown this morning, because of suspected infiltrators detected by electronic sensors. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019 Media coverage reflects that all ammunition sales must go through a licensed ammunition vendor who must run an electronic background check on the customer to insure that the party is not prohibited from purchasing ammunition. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Not all ammunition sales get a background check," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of electronic

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of electronic was in 1902

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electronic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of electronic

: operating through the use of many small electrical parts (such as microchips and transistors)
: produced by the use of electronic equipment
: operating by means of a computer : involving a computer or a computer system

electronic

adjective
elec·​tron·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträ-nik How to pronounce electronic (audio) \

Kids Definition of electronic

1 : relating to or using the principles of electronics an electronic device
2 : operating by means of or using a computer electronic banking

Other Words from electronic

electronically adverb

electronic

adjective
elec·​tron·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträn-ik How to pronounce electronic (audio) \

Medical Definition of electronic

: of or relating to electrons or electronics

Other Words from electronic

electronically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electronically (audio) \ adverb

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