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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The main problem is that the manufacturing side of the global electronics industry was moved to Asia in the 1980s and 1990s. Greg Linden, The Conversation, "The guts of an Apple iPhone show exactly what Trump gets wrong about trade," 25 June 2019 The latter references a recent local dispute in which an electronics store, long known for playing go-go music outside, had to remove its speakers after a complaint from a resident in a luxury apartment nearby. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "#DontMuteDC goes national again as the BET Awards turns into a tribute to Washington," 24 June 2019 The growth of German steel and toolmakers, of Japanese and South Korean automobile- and electronics-makers, of Chinese makers of low-cost goods have all been touted as evidence that the United States has lost its economic edge. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Everyone acts like America is in decline. Let’s look at the numbers.," 6 June 2019 The day before the incident, the father visited a local electronics store with his son after the son’s phone broke. Fox News, "Texas dad shoots adult son, gives 'father-son' talk before stabbing him to death: prosecutors," 5 June 2019 The campaign began when an electronics store that has long played go-go music outside its doors was forced to turn it off because a tenant of a neighboring luxury apartment building complained. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "The Social Power of Music Will Take Center Stage at the 53rd Annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival," 26 June 2019 The standard electronics, gear, and ways of yesteryear have vanished as if it was never invented at all. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "20 everyday tasks that nobody does anymore," 13 June 2019 Some were made from as far away as Australia, and property listed in the reports included electronics, gun magazines and gun mounting lights, salt water fishing reels, porcelain statues and clothing, among other items. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Sister of woman accused of supporting ISIS shares her family's story: 'I've always been there for her'," 7 June 2019 Less clutter also means fewer potential distractions, so keep your reading, electronics, and work in another room. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "15 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight, According to Experts," 2 May 2019

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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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