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

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Upgrade your home appliances, outdoor power equipment, electronics, wardrobe, and more. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Best Memorial Day Sales on Tools, Appliances, Electronics and More," 24 May 2019 The police report doesn't list specifically the type of electronics or liquor. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thief steals over $3,000 worth of items from Muscular Dystrophy Association in Brookfield," 23 May 2018 The world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer delivered net profit of $62.62 billion New Taiwan dollars (US$2.0 billion), compared with NT$71.66 billion a year earlier. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Major Apple Supplier Foxconn Suffers Profit Drop," 29 Mar. 2019 Another famous Japanese company, electronics giant Sony, on Friday announced a nearly $1 billion buyback:... Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Japan Inc. Finds a New Use for Cash—Giving It Back to Investors," 8 Feb. 2019 Shares of Dick’s Sporting Goods slid 1.74, or 4.7%, to 35.52 after the retailer’s sales at existing stores and websites fell 3.9% in the latest quarter, driven by weakness in the company’s hunting and electronics departments. Avantika Chilkoti, WSJ, "Stocks Slip as Fed Signals Less Certain Policy Path," 29 Nov. 2018 All three companies are offering cameras and other electronics to help with towing, backing and viewing surrounding traffic, features that also are important to heavy-duty buyers. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Heavy duty: Detroit 3 all roll out biggest pickups this year," 6 Feb. 2019 Today, people are still doing it for just about every consumer electronics device there is. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Jailbreaking: The FAQ," 14 Jan. 2019 Those applicants for Ivanka trademarks include farm-equipment manufacturers, asset managers, electronics makers and biotechnology firms. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications," 6 Nov. 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

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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