elec·​tron·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträ-nik How to pronounce electronic (audio) \

Definition of electronic

1 : of or relating to electrons
2a : of, relating to, or utilizing devices constructed or working by the methods or principles of electronics electronic fuel injection
b : implemented on or by means of a computer : involving a computer electronic banking
3a : generating musical tones by electronic means an electronic organ
b : of, relating to, or being music that consists of sounds electronically generated or modified
4 : of, relating to, or being a medium (such as television) by which information is transmitted electronically electronic journalism

Other Words from electronic

electronically \ i-​ˌlek-​ˈträ-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electronic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of electronic in a Sentence

electronic devices such as televisions and computers Sign up for electronic banking.
Recent Examples on the Web Short supplies of semiconductors kicked off by COVID-era shutdowns have hampered production of new vehicles and electronic devices for more than a year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 Thieves tend to swipe those items that are most in demand by consumers and can range from cold and allergy medication and other toiletries to jeans and portable electronic devices. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2021 Police confiscated more than $52,000 in cash, five luxury vehicles and several electronic devices, according to European police agency Europol. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2021 An internal investigation found 28 deputies and the same number of devices with images of the crash scene on either government or personal electronic devices, the deposition stated. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 The Japanese conglomerate will spin out its energy and infrastructure divisions as one standalone company and its electronic devices unit as another, leaving Toshiba to manage its existing stake in Kioxia and other smaller assets. Kevin Dowd, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 The new devices company will include electronic devices and encompass power semiconductors, semiconductor manufacturing equipment and high-capacity hard disk drives. Takashi Mochizuki, Fortune, 12 Nov. 2021 Documenting fights with electronic devices also is unacceptable, Miller continued. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Nov. 2021 Forensic analysis conducted on Dixon’s electronic devices uncovered multiple child pornography files. Callan Tansill-suddath, baltimoresun.com, 10 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of electronic

1902, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Electronic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electronic. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of electronic

: operating through the use of many small electrical parts (such as microchips and transistors)
: produced by the use of electronic equipment
: operating by means of a computer : involving a computer or a computer system


elec·​tron·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträ-nik How to pronounce electronic (audio) \

Kids Definition of electronic

1 : relating to or using the principles of electronics an electronic device
2 : operating by means of or using a computer electronic banking

Other Words from electronic

electronically adverb


elec·​tron·​ic | \ i-ˌlek-ˈträn-ik How to pronounce electronic (audio) \

Medical Definition of electronic

: of or relating to electrons or electronics

Other Words from electronic

electronically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electronic (audio) \ adverb

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