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.
Recent Examples on the Web These foraging round-trips can cover 500 kilometers or more, electronic tags attached to the birds have shown. Eli Kintisch, Science | AAAS, "Why did nearly a million king penguins vanish without a trace?," 19 Mar. 2020 In Hong Kong, health authorities are issuing electronic wristbands to returning travelers to monitor their period of self-quarantine. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "'It's a war': Trump says Americans must 'sacrifice together' to achieve 'total victory' over coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 And Hong Kong widened the use of electronic wristbands that monitor people under self-quarantine. Tim Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump invokes emergency authority; Big 3 automakers closing," 18 Mar. 2020 There's simply no way to dial back the electronic safety aids. David Beard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve Wants Us To Grow Up," 18 Mar. 2020 That same day, Miami’s blowout electronic music event the Ultra Music Festival was axed as well. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Coachella to be postponed due to coronavirus concerns," 10 Mar. 2020 Ragland was an absolute champion for electronic music, founding a host of labels while releasing his own tunes and remixes. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Jamie Jones Remixes Nina Kraviz's Parris Mitchell Collab 'Feel My Butterfly': Exclusive," 19 Feb. 2020 Expect some folk music from The Avett Brothers, a little bit of classic rock from Cake, country music from Kane Brown and electronic music from Marshmello. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Bunbury Music Festival 2020 lineup includes a lot of rock, electronic and alternative music," 30 Jan. 2020 Among his instrument’s leading influencers, Giuliana performs a novel alchemy, blending jazz’s time-feel with a bleeding-edge vocabulary and the abrupt phrasing familiar to listeners of hip-hop and electronic music. oregonlive, "29 February concerts to love for Portland’s best live music," 28 Jan. 2020

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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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23 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Electronic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electronic. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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 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


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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