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.

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The Capital City Court said that the captain, identified earlier only as Yuriy C., isn’t allowed to leave Budapest, must wear an electronic tracking device and meet twice a week with investigators. Washington Post, "Captain of cruise ship in Hungary crash released on bail," 13 June 2019 Hutchings’ background includes classical music training and extensive workshopping with revered British saxophonist Soweto Kinch, but also heavy doses of rock, electronic and soul music. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Shabaka Hutchings rides a new kind of jazz comet," 13 June 2019 Miss Manners allows electronic correspondence for actions requiring the most minimal thanks. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: She served me a beer from her armpit," 12 June 2019 San Mateo police then served search warrants on Davies' electronic devices, mobile applications and at his home. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Male student poses as girl to catch sexual predators, nabs police officer," 12 June 2019 But the United States’ premier electronic-spying agency hasn’t been doing much outmaneuvering lately. Matthew Gault, The New Republic, "The U.S. Government Is Utterly Inept at Keeping Your Data Secure," 12 June 2019 The National Security Agency, which conducts electronic surveillance, had a moderate degree of confidence. Katie Benner, New York Times, "Justice Dept. Seeks to Question C.I.A. in Its Own Russia Investigation," 12 June 2019 Over the past 13 years, the editors of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® (FIT) have circulated an electronic survey to thousands of wellness professionals around the world to determine the current year’s health and fitness trends. Get-fit Guy Brock Armstrong, Scientific American, "The 2019 Worldwide Fitness Trends," 11 June 2019 The electronic panels cycle through images of tributes created in honor of the victims and displays photographs picked by their families. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "This year’s Pulse exhibit, “Love Speaks,” at history center is different: featuring artists that show national attention to horror of shooting," 11 June 2019

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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 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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