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 roboticist (audio) , rə-​ \ noun

Examples of robotics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Nicolet, Wood also participates on the school's robotics team, which Rockwell sponsors, and in the school's science fairs. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "High school student wins Rockwell Automation challenge for software app that could prevent sump pump failure, overflowing," 23 Dec. 2019 Investors and businesses had high hopes that this dual rise of A.I. and cheaper hardware would usher a new robotics age. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "What the Struggles of Pizza and Coffee-Making Robots Mean for Investors," 14 Jan. 2020 The whiskey maker has printed more than 7,800 cocktails since partnering with a robotics engineer. Washington Post, "Banana, duct tape add up to $150,000 at Art Basel Miami," 8 Dec. 2019 The groom, who is 31 and works in Brooklyn, is a software engineer and the director of engineering at UiPath, a robotics process automation company in Manhattan. New York Times, "Brenna Davis, Justin LeClair," 8 Dec. 2019 This year, codeHER is looking to revamp the curriculum and purchase robotics equipment. Jess Nocera,, "River Hill student’s all-female coding nonprofit reaches from Howard County to Morocco," 4 Dec. 2019 Instead of sitting at home all day, fifth and sixth graders can opt into a nifty STEM challenge at this library event, no coding or robotics experience necessary. Web Behrens,, "15 things to do in Chicago with the kids Oct. 7-13," 7 Oct. 2019 Indeed, this is what Facebook is tackling with its robotics program: Helping machines explore their world could improve not only the AI that runs them, but the AI that powers purely digital assistants. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Facebook Unleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy," 20 June 2019 YuMi’s robots also help make watches for Swiss watchmakers and box takeout dumplings in a Tokyo restaurant, said Per Vegard Nerseth, managing director of ABB’s robotics division. Natasha Khan, WSJ, "Your Next Robot Encounter: Dinner, Drinks and a Massage," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of robotics

1941, in the meaning defined above

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21 Feb 2020

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“Robotics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of robotics

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

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