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 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 The bill doesn’t set a specific time for electronic monitoring. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Bills could lead to shorter sentences for some Alabama offenders," 25 Mar. 2021 On the jail side, the report said a large number of prisoners were released from detention to slow the spread of the disease and placed on electronic monitoring or some other form of supervision. Todd Richmond, Star Tribune, "Wisconsin prisoner population dropped in 2020 amid pandemic," 25 Mar. 2021 Removing the wristband could result in a $500 fine, home quarantine and electronic monitoring. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Which countries welcome American vacationers – and which are safest to visit?," 3 Feb. 2021 Her attorneys said Maxwell would remain in a New York City residence under 24-hour guard and would submit to electronic monitoring if the judge accepted the bail package. Larry Neumeister, ajc, "Judge rejects Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell's bail bid," 28 Dec. 2020 She was put on a county electronic monitoring program and placed at a West Side facility that provides supportive and transitional housing. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "‘Serial stowaway’ ordered held on $100,000 bail as lawyer blames TV news broadcast for latest airport case," 18 Mar. 2021 Kaytranada won for both best dance recording and best dance/electronic album at the 2021 Grammys on Sunday (March 14) -- and made history in the process. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Kaytranada Is the First Black Artist to Win Best Dance/Electronic Album Grammy," 15 Mar. 2021 Baldwin was put on five years' probation and sentenced to more than five months of electronic home monitoring. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Probation, home detention for electrician who stole $126K in copper from MSP," 10 Mar. 2021 Mehta placed Caldwell on 24-hour home confinement with electronic monitoring, with no access to guns, computers or smart phones, to stay away from the District and to have no contact with anyone affiliated with the Oath Keepers. Washington Post, "Alleged organizer in Capitol riot freed from jail as he awaits trial," 10 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Electronic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electronic. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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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 electronic (audio) \ adverb

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