mi·​cro·​elec·​tro·​me·​chan·​i·​cal ˌmī-krō-i-ˌlek-trō-mə-ˈka-ni-kəl How to pronounce microelectromechanical (audio)
: composed of microscopic electronic and mechanical elements
Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico, think they may have the answer to a vexing problem called stiction, which causes ultrasmall components of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to stick together.Saswato R. Das

Examples of microelectromechanical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company has used silicon microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) to produce an entirely new wristwatch motor for analog watches that’s half the size and roughly three times as efficient in comparison with the standard stepper motor now used in wristwatches. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Nov. 2023 In order to mimic what insect ears can accomplish, scientists at first attempted to copy insect structures with silicon microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). IEEE Spectrum, 22 May 2023 The first breakthrough since the invention of solid-state switches came in the form of microelectromechanical systems (MEMSs). Russ Garcia, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 The fresh ban will restrict the export of oil refining equipment, equipment used in the production of microelectromechanical circuits, solar cells for hydrogen fuel and renewable energy, and vacuum pumps, among other goods. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 12 May 2022 These include microelectromechanical systems—MEMS for short—which represent a classic example of tiny machines made with chip fabrication equipment. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2022 Robosense’s lidar instead uses microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) mirrors to steer the beam. IEEE Spectrum, 31 May 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of microelectromechanical was in 1987

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“Microelectromechanical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microelectromechanical. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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