noun, plural in form but singular in construction
ro·​bot·​ics | \ rō-ˈbä-tiks How to pronounce robotics (audio) , rə- \

Definition of robotics

: technology dealing with the design, construction, and operation of robots in automation

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roboticist \ rō-​ˈbä-​tə-​sist How to pronounce robotics (audio) , rə-​ \ noun

Examples of robotics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Telecom today is planning for the future by investing in 5G, house automation, connected cars, telemedicine, AI, and robotics. Michael Kure, Forbes, "How A South American Telecom Put People At The Center," 12 Apr. 2021 Science and technology camps offer such things as website development, movie making, animation, gaming, robotics and engineering with Legos, the release said., "Naperville News Digest: Naper Settlement open for the summer; volunteer workdays at Naperville forest preserves; students can submit library book reports for volunteer credit," 9 Apr. 2021 Perceiving, interpreting, and operating in an ever-changing environment remains an unsolved problem in AI and robotics, despite some impressive progress in recent years. Will Knight, Wired, "Serve Food in Far-Away Restaurants—Right From Your Couch," 7 Apr. 2021 Both companies claim that robotics and automation can cut costs, speed up development, eliminate waste, and reduce emissions compared to traditional building methods. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "No, We Shouldn’t 3-D Print the Suburbs," 22 Mar. 2021 The three-day series began Wednesday with artificial intelligence used at the Cleveland Clinic and will conclude Friday with robotics used at University Hospitals. cleveland, "Virtual reality giving MetroHealth neurosurgeons a chance to ‘pre-do’ brain surgery: Brain tech in Cleveland," 18 Mar. 2021 Big swings have also hammered other ARK ETFs that focus on autonomous technology and robotics, genomics, next-generation internet services and fintech. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "The global economy needed a smooth vaccine rollout. That's not happening," 16 Mar. 2021 On the top floor are Ford researchers and engineers and the automaker's first robotics and mobility research lab on a university campus. Corey Williams, Star Tribune, "Ford partners with U-M on robotics research, new building," 16 Mar. 2021 The short survey includes tech advancements in four areas: sustainability, such as bycatch reduction and gear selectivity; safety; productivity, such as robotics and hybrid engines; and data usages and platforms. Anchorage Daily News, "Fishing industry surveys seek data on pandemic impacts and tech priorities," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of robotics

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of robotics was in 1941

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16 Apr 2021

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“Robotics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of robotics

: technology that is used to design, build, and operate robots

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