plural noun
elec·​tron·​ics | \i-ˌlek-ˈträ-niks \

Definition of electronics 

1 singular in construction : a branch of physics that deals with the emission, behavior, and effects of electrons (as in electron tubes and transistors) and with electronic devices

2 : electronic components, devices, or equipment

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The popular computer and electronics Web retailer NewEgg has apparently been hit by the same payment-data-stealing attackers who targeted TicketMaster UK and British Airways. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "NewEgg cracked in breach, hosted card-stealing code within its own checkout," 19 Sep. 2018 The new procedure on electronics - which was rolled out little by little so as not to interfere with peak holiday travel last year - is expected to be fully in place at all checkpoints by this summer. Fredrick Kunkle, chicagotribune.com, "TSA scanners can confuse food, explosives; Some travelers forced to remove munchies from carry-ons," 29 Mar. 2018 The Labor Day sales from Dell and Newegg each include a wide range of electronics, and not just PC gear. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Dell and Newegg's Labor Day sales harbor huge deals on laptops, gaming PCs, and all sorts of tech," 31 Aug. 2018 The Taiwanese electronics giant, Advocate Aurora Health, Johnson Controls and Northwestern Mutual will each contribute $25 million to create the Wisconn Valley Venture Fund. Todd Richmond, The Seattle Times, "Foxconn joins Wisconsin companies to create investment fund," 28 Aug. 2018 The South Korean electronics giant also showed off a new wireless charger, capable of charging two devices at the same time and a new smart speaker, dubbed the Galaxy Home. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Samsung announces Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, smart watch at big event," 9 Aug. 2018 Of the computer and electronics products affected by the July 6 tariffs, 87 percent are produced by multinational corporations' Chinese affiliates rather than domestic Chinese companies, according to Lovely. David J. Lynch, chicagotribune.com, "Popularity of tariffs on China may lead to political pain for Trump," 23 June 2018 Alibaba has taken stakes in an electronics chain, Suning, and a Costco-like hypermart, Sun Art. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 The one group of companies that might actually see a substantial boost in sales are consumer-electronics retailers, such as Best Buy. The Economist, "Amazon wins from a Supreme Court ruling," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of electronics

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of electronics

: devices (such as televisions, radios, and computers) that operate using many small electrical parts

: electronic parts

: a science that deals with the uses and effects of electrons


elec·​tron·​ics | \i-ˌlek-ˈträ-niks \

Kids Definition of electronics

: a science that deals with the giving off, action, and effects of electrons in vacuums, gases, and semiconductors and with devices using such electrons


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elec·​tron·​ics | \-iks \

Medical Definition of electronics 

1 singular in construction : a branch of physics that deals with the emission, behavior, and effects of electrons (as in electron tubes and transistors) and with electronic devices

2 : electronic devices or equipment

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