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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 Other big members, which make semiconductors (Montage Technology), office software (Kingsoft) or railway electronics (China Railway Signal & Communication), were mostly anonymous to Western ears. The Economist, "Wish upon a STAR Why China’s answer to Nasdaq is going gangbusters," 1 Aug. 2020 Stevens now sits on the board of directors at four public companies: auto parts supplier Tenneco; Eastman Chemical Co.; Masco home improvement products, and electronics company Flex in Silicon Valley. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "They used to be auto execs. Now their lives in Michigan are completely different," 31 July 2020 Excess heat from the MMRTG also is used to keeps the rover's sensitive electronics warm in sub-freezing temperatures. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA readies launch of Mars rover to look for signs of past life, collect samples for return to Earth," 28 July 2020 Turn off unneeded electronics and don’t heat up the stove or oven. oregonlive, "10 easy ways to stay cool at home this summer," 5 June 2020 More people are being drawn to eBay’s marketplace across a wide variety of categories, from home and garden to electronics, fashion, and auto parts, eBay said. BostonGlobe.com, "Steward transfers controlling interest to a management group," 4 June 2020 Uptake was slower than anticipated and drones turned out to be similar to other portable electronics—made more efficiently in China. Tom Simonite, Wired, "This Drone Maker Is Swooping In Amid US Pushback Against DJI," 13 July 2020 As a child, his father would bring home electronics and Cramer would spend the whole night taking them apart and putting them back together, his mother said. Annie Vainshtein, SFChronicle.com, "Tim Cramer, influential member of SF’s eccentric roller skating scene, dead at 53," 1 July 2020 Texas is one of Mexico’s biggest trading partners, sending computers and electronics; oil, gas and coal; chemicals; metals, and plastics and rubber across the border. Imelda García, Dallas News, "Five ways Texas benefits from the new USMCA trade deal taking effect today," 1 July 2020

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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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7 Aug 2020

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“Electronics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electronics. Accessed 11 Aug. 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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