elec·​tron·​ic | \i-ˌlek-ˈträ-nik \

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 \ adverb

Examples of electronic in a Sentence

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

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But the area of electronic health records is famously contentious. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Amazon will reportedly sell software that reads medical records," 27 Nov. 2018 Various factors have contributed to the length of the review process, including the ever-growing quantity of electronic data and documents that companies produce in the normal course of business and that government enforcers must sift through. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Antitrust Chief Vows to Cut Merger Review Time," 25 Sep. 2018 Again, warrants for electronic data are no different. Aziz Huq, Vox, "The latest Supreme Court decision is being hailed as a big victory for digital privacy. It’s not.," 22 June 2018 While private shippers must keep electronic data on every parcel, including the identities of the shipper and recipient, that’s not the case with the U.S. Postal Service. John Keilman, chicagotribune.com, "'Like finding a needle in a haystack': Agents trying to stop deadly opioid fentanyl from entering U.S. in tough battle," 12 June 2018 What’s needed is a separate federal privacy law that would cover Internet carriers, online businesses, electronic data brokers, and anybody else who collects data about us. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "The real reason the Net neutrality fight goes on," 16 May 2018 Off-road, even with optional Pirelli Scorpion Rally tires, the Enduro won’t rail through the corners like a proper enduro racing bike, but the big front wheel and electronic systems do help the 500+ pound bike cope with rough terrain. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "Road Tested: 2019 Ducati Multistrada Enduro 1260," 24 Oct. 2018 Production Rocket Lab's main production facility is based in Southern California, and the company will continue to build its Rutherford engines (there are nine on each booster) as well as electronic guidance systems there. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Lab reveals new factory and launch site, aims for 16 flights next year," 17 Oct. 2018 The first is an electronic visa system, akin to the ones in Australia, India, and Turkey, that lets travelers from 51 countries, including the U.S., arrange arrival paperwork ahead of time. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Uzbekistan Might Become Next Year's Hottest Destination," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of electronic

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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


elec·​tron·​ic | \i-ˌlek-ˈträ-nik \

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


elec·​tron·​ic | \i-ˌlek-ˈträn-ik \

Medical Definition of electronic 

: of or relating to electrons or electronics

Other Words from electronic

electronically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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