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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Robert Brinkman, 31, is free on his own recognizance with electronic monitoring following his arraignment in Butler County Court of Common Pleas Judge J. Gregory Howard's courtroom. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Colerain officer charged with soliciting a minor for sex," 12 July 2018 David Scharlat, 53, of Oconomowoc, was charged in March and has been free on $10,000 bail — and electronic monitoring — since April. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Federal agent charged in sex assaults must remain on GPS monitoring," 9 July 2018 Awan was released from electronic monitoring and will be free pending his sentencing Aug. 21, US District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan ordered after accepting Awan’s plea at the Tuesday hearing. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Ex-congressional IT staffer’s plea deal debunks conspiracy theories Trump, others promoted," 4 July 2018 He was released on electronic monitoring after posting a $5,000 bail following a June 27 a court date. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Glencoe man charged with trespassing in incident at country club golf course," 3 July 2018 Awan will be sentenced on August 21 and will be released from electronic monitoring. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "Former aide to Debbie Wasserman Schultz cleared of stealing classified information," 3 July 2018 Washington's bond was set at $15,000 with electronic monitoring. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "2 suspected of abusing disabled adults in El Mirage unlicensed care facility," 2 July 2018 He was supposed to be watched by a third-party custodian 24 hours a day — a practice the Department of Corrections and court system is phasing out in favor of electronic monitoring and other bail supervision. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Wasilla man who fled state on last day of child sex abuse trial apprehended in Washington," 28 June 2018 Manafort had been on house arrest with electronic monitoring since being indicted Oct. 27. Monique Judge, The Root, "If You’ve Done Nothing Wrong, Why Are You Allegedly Tampering With Witnesses?," 15 June 2018

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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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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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