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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Now, with Salas working two jobs at an engineering company and an electronics store, and his father having recently passed the bar exam after years of night school, the family is on more stable financial ground. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "With ACA under attack, a family racked by illness wonders what will happen to their health coverage," 13 July 2018 That would mean 25 percent levies on Chinese goods ranging from electronics, aerospace and machinery to phones, shoes and furniture. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "China fires back at Trump with tariffs on 106 U.S. products, including soybeans, cars," 4 Apr. 2018 That verdict, which led to a rare design-patent challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court and was partially revised last month, found that 11 smartphone models from the South Korean electronics giant infringed Apple’s design patents. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Apple and Samsung Settle Seven-Year-Old iPhone Patent Dispute," 27 June 2018 Same with electronics from China, Thailand or Indonesia. The Courier-Journal, "OH SNAP!," 16 June 2017 Stop back here on July 16 at noon EST for the best deals in electronics, kitchen items, toys, beauty, and more. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Experts Say These Amazon Prime Day Tips Will Score You the Best Deals Ever," 3 July 2018 Consumers of electronics and other goods will soon see prices rise, so there is some pain on the horizon for all of us. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Can the U.S. economy withstand a trade war?," 13 July 2018 Advances in camera quality and internet speed have meant an explosion in the home automation/electronics market — and that products improve greatly with every new generation. Diane Cowen, San Antonio Express-News, "Home security is more affordable — and better —than ever," 12 July 2018 And by law, electronics retailers are obliged to take any e-waste that a consumer brings into the store. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "'E-waste': Getting grip on a growing global problem," 9 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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