plural noun
elec·​tron·​ics | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträ-niks How to pronounce electronics (audio) \

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

Examples of electronics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Protect your electronics from voltage spikes and keep your cords tidy without abandoning your aesthetics. Tony Vaz, Popular Science, "Reliable surge protectors—and why you may want one," 31 Jan. 2020 Scientists at Rice University have found a way to use electricity to transform everyday trash into graphene, a valuable material in electronics, the solar industry, and even in drug delivery and DNA sequencing. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How to Turn Garbage Into Graphene," 28 Jan. 2020 This includes electronics, kitchen appliances and household items that weigh under 50 pounds. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Amazon is expanding its free return policy," 18 Dec. 2019 Its specialty was ultrasonic wedge bonders for semiconductors, which set the international standard for consumer goods, industrial electronics and hybrid electric vehicles. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Eight to be inducted into Newport Harbor High School Hall of Fame," 26 Sep. 2019 Other electronics giants, including smartphone maker Apple Inc. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Tech Sector Fears Supply Delays as Effects of Virus Ripple Through China," 31 Jan. 2020 At the consumer electronics giant, top-level management is feeling the heat. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A layoff frenzy has gripped India Inc, and it may worsen in 2020," 14 Jan. 2020 The fire destroyed two apartment buildings that were under construction, a home and an electronics store, Bound Brook Deputy Fire Chief Joe Gullia said. NBC News, "Massive New Jersey fire leaves thousands without power," 13 Jan. 2020 Workers in an electronics store thought someone had popped a bundle of balloons. oregonlive, "A decade in review: the biggest Oregon news of the last 10 years," 31 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of electronics

1908, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of electronics was in 1908

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17 Feb 2020

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“Electronics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electronics. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of electronics

US : devices (such as televisions, radios, and computers) that operate using many small electrical parts
: electronic parts
technical : a science that deals with the uses and effects of electrons


elec·​tron·​ics | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträ-niks How to pronounce electronics (audio) \

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 How to pronounce electronics (audio) \

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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