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

Other Words from electronic

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

Examples of electronic in a Sentence

electronic devices such as televisions and computers Sign up for electronic banking.
Recent Examples on the Web In the case of streaming, over the course of a year, a solid 90 percent of the energy demand came from users operating the electronic devices and data transmission. Doug Johnson, Ars Technica, 4 May 2022 On her Fox News program, host Laura Ingraham — a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — called for federal law enforcement officials to require law clerks to turn over their electronic devices and answer questions about the leak. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 Numerous recordings were found on Davis’ electronic devices, authorities said. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Semiconductors — often referred to as microchips or just chips — serve as the brain of modern electronic devices. CBS News, 27 Apr. 2022 That is all fair play as long as teams do not use any electronic devices, such as cameras or computers, to facilitate the process. New York Times, 26 Apr. 2022 There are a wide range of careers for a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science that all involve knowing the workings of both software and hardware for electronic devices. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 25 Apr. 2022 The agency contacted the two men after sending a warrant to Google for records of electronic devices that had been in the area around the time of the grizzly's death. CBS News, 23 Apr. 2022 The agency contacted the two men after sending a warrant to Google for records of electronic devices that had been in the area around the time of the grizzly’s death. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'electronic.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of electronic

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best universal remotes.

Learn More About electronic

Time Traveler for electronic

Time Traveler

The first known use of electronic was in 1902

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near electronic

electron gun

electronic

electronica

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for electronic

Last Updated

9 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Electronic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electronic. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for electronic

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 electronic (audio) \ adverb

More from Merriam-Webster on electronic

Nglish: Translation of electronic for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of electronic for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!