Definition of electronic in English:



  • 1(of a device) having or operating with components such as microchips and transistors that control and direct electric currents.

    ‘an electronic calculator’
    ‘an electronic organ’
    • ‘Tantalum is mainly used in the electronics industry in the manufacture of capacitors, used in electronic gadgets like cell phones.’
    • ‘Dynamic stability control, ABS, traction control and electronic brake force distribution are standard fare.’
    • ‘A typical electronic control unit operates at 8.5 volts; that power is provided by a voltage regulator built into the unit.’
    • ‘Here they were making electronic brake controls, in different configurations and different voltages.’
    • ‘Without such a surface finish, the electronic components like transistors, resistors, capacitors and chips could not be fixed and electrically connected to the circuit.’
    • ‘Having had no interest in analysing the economic scenario at the macro or the micro level, Biju is interested in examining the minute components of electronic gadgets.’
    • ‘They'll also examine how humidity affects the surface of silicon, which is used to make microchips and other electronic devices.’
    • ‘Modern airliners are packed with electronic devices that control the plane and handle navigation and communications.’
    • ‘The silicon transistors of modern electronic devices make connections to potentials the values of which represent zero and one throughout a system.’
    • ‘In any case, some of the claims made by those who believe they are being controlled by these electronic weapons do not seem plausible.’
    • ‘Verify proper operation of various sensors and other electronic control devices’
    • ‘Inorganic chemistry is used to construct electronic components such as transistors, diodes, computer chips, and various metal compounds.’
    • ‘All of the light fixtures and electronic devices currently plugged in exploded from the jolt of electric energy that had rocketed from the sky.’
    • ‘With each bike controlled by an electronic lock, anyone interested in renting the bike can call a telephone line to open the key, and call to tell the location of the bike after they finish using it.’
    • ‘Currently, most electronic devices are based on silicon.’
    • ‘The ‘Smart Home’ with all kinds of appliances from kitchenware to burglar alarms controlled by a single electronic device has been the dream of householders for decades.’
    • ‘For centuries a warder locked up prisoners with a key - this is no longer the case, with both cell-blocks having electronic locks operated by fingerprint and unable to be opened by key.’
    • ‘With advances in standard off-the-shelf alkaline batteries, most electronic sensors can operate for longer periods without running down.’
    • ‘Testing of the electronic engine control is also on schedule following the delivery of the first units.’
    • ‘The system is designed for all boats with electronic engine controls.’
    mechanized, mechanical, automated, push-button, preprogrammed, computerized, robotic, unmanned
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    1. 1.1 (of music) produced by electronic instruments.
      ‘electronic dance music’
      • ‘I'm from a cynical generation raised on electronic dance music, but felt I finally understood what the fuss with rhythm and blues was all about.’
      • ‘An extremely important electronic advance for popular music scholars is the widespread availability through the Internet of digitized recorded music.’
      • ‘If it's the latter, electronic dance music makes you want to put on sunglasses at midnight and drive your stubbled, tragic self into the night.’
      • ‘Anyone looking for a daring, boundary-pushing exercise in electronic dance music would be advised to steer clear.’
      • ‘He projected those images on a large screen in the classroom while playing electronic / techno music.’
      • ‘He's fooled around with most every idiom of electronic dance music (some of which he shudders in shame to mention).’
      • ‘The music is something electronic but suits the ballet very well.’
      • ‘But what of the inverse - the electronic acts giving rock music a whirl?’
      • ‘We both liked the idea of putting that certain underground, electronic dance music into a more pop kind of context.’
      • ‘The effect is sometimes almost orchestral and sometimes like electronic jazz, with enhanced frogs and insects riffing on chord changes and rhythmic patterns.’
      • ‘A lot of electronic musicians release their music using pseudonyms, but you use your own name.’
      • ‘That nearly all music is electronic is a banal truism.’
      • ‘For the naysayers that claim you can't play electronic dance music without samplers or drum machines, this performance would've been a eye-opener.’
      • ‘Hopefully the new album will be seen in a slightly broader sense and not just confined to electronic music’
      • ‘This slacker attitude might also keep them on the edge of electronic pop music.’
      • ‘Every subgenre of contemporary electronic dance music has superstar DJs and tracks that are ripe for the fruit basket of mass consumption.’
      • ‘Then the heavy electronic techno beat started, and dancers vacillated their bodies without restriction.’
      • ‘1987 was an early but fertile time for electronic dance music.’
      • ‘The marriage of hip-hop with electronic dance music is well established, but most of this group's collaborations sound like shotgun marriages.’
      • ‘São Paolo today feels like it is on the verge of another cultural revolution, led by hip hop and electronic dance music.’
    2. 1.2 Relating to electronics.
      ‘a degree in electronic engineering’
      • ‘Although mining has ceased, the area is characterized by industrial village settlement and there is a legacy from the past in modern engineering and electronic industries.’
      • ‘He was studying IT and electronic engineering.’
      • ‘There he worked as an electrician before completing both electrical and electronic engineering diplomas and working as an automation engineer in Melbourne.’
      • ‘The university is set to invest a further €16 million in a new biosciences and electronic engineering facility.’
      • ‘The 38-year-old electronic engineering student, who speaks four languages, began refusing food on December 5 and lost three stone.’
      • ‘After one mind-numbingly boring semester of studying electronic engineering, I landed a job as junior sales assistant in a retail franchise.’
      • ‘But the average added value of a worker in an electronic engineering firm, where design is critical, is $250,000.’
      • ‘The electronic circuit analysis course he taught to students helped most of his students enter the field of electronic engineering.’
      • ‘Set to study electronic engineering at the University of Cape Town next year, Bryce, who came second overall at the college, said his holiday was starting only now.’
      • ‘He has a degree in radio electronic engineering and a postgraduate qualification in financial insurance management.’
      • ‘At the same time, information about accepted variants of combat employment of electronic engineering units is memorized by it for further repeated use.’
      • ‘The variety of professions included in the event range from tourism and medicine to performing arts and electronic engineering.’
      • ‘If you are considering electronic engineering as a course of study you are invited to attend one of these open days.’
      • ‘There may be fewer complaints about skills shortages now that the industry has shed thousands of jobs, but there are still dozens of unfilled posts in optoelectronics and electronic engineering.’
      • ‘What proved to be a loss for the world of electronic engineering, proved to be Rochdale's gain.’
      • ‘Civil and chemical engineering salaries remained relatively stable, but electronic engineers were hit badly by the downturn in the technology sector.’
      • ‘Soon electronic engineering became a thing of the past for Richard and he's never looked back.’
  • 2Relating to electrons.

    • ‘Molecules absorb radiation at characteristic wavelengths that excite one or more of their rotational, vibrational or electronic degrees of freedom.’
    • ‘Atomic physics involves specifically investigations into the electronic parts of the atom.’
    • ‘Now researchers have taken advantage of a proposed quantum effect to construct a Y-shaped, nano electronic circuit that boosts signals spontaneously.’
    • ‘The redshift in the absorption spectrum reflects electronic interactions between the porphyrin and the melanins.’
    • ‘Other physicists have explored the electronic properties of DNA and its use as a scaffold for solid-state dye lasers.’
  • 3Carried out or accessed by means of a computer or other electronic device, especially over a network.

    ‘the electronic edition of the newspaper’
    ‘electronic banking’
    • ‘They can share and download electronic collections on the Network.’
    • ‘On the Web, however, research materials are accessed online via electronic databases instead of through librarians or curators.’
    • ‘FBI agents seized his computers and all electronic media and effectively put him out of business.’
    • ‘The use of computer systems, electronic communication systems and Internet access is restricted to the conduct of company business.’
    • ‘Although he denied the charges, he was convicted in 2001 of computer hacking and electronic eavesdropping.’
    • ‘Direct access trading systems also give traders the ability to trade on the electronic communication networks (ECNs).’
    • ‘Once the user has scanned the products, they bring the device to an in-store computer, which produces an electronic shopping list.’
    • ‘Again, it provides tools to manage and transfer podcast, electronic magazine and video blog subscriptions.’
    • ‘With the introduction of the Internet, electronic and computer games, etc, we have seen a reduction in the relative time spent by budding West Indian cricketers on the cricket field.’
    • ‘An electronic (computer data base) copy of the voters' roll must be provided to all political parties.’
    • ‘Twenty years ago, corporate spies would have to raid the contents of a filing cabinet, but today they can slip a disk in their pocket or email data to an online electronic swag bag.’
    • ‘Seemingly harmless World Cup screensavers, spreadsheets and electronic wall charts could provide the ideal vehicles for virus and worm propagation.’
    • ‘Schmidt sees a huge challenge in trying to understand the interdependencies that exist where electronic networks interface with the physical world.’
    • ‘After the movie industry, the next big leap for the Linux desktop is into electronic design automation.’
    • ‘If a power outage hit on a much larger scale, it could shut down the electronic networks that keep governments and militaries running.’
    • ‘Shareware and freeware were around long before the Internet, circulating years before in computer clubs and on electronic bulletin board systems.’
    • ‘Skills in electronic commerce, computer networking and Internet / Web will all command recruiters' attention, Copeland says.’
    • ‘Clinicians need the network to carry the electronic patient record and at last we can visualise both the possible shape of the record and how it might work for us.’
    • ‘The bank was involved in a security incident last year, since when he has spoken in favour of electronic banking and backed up his convictions by using an online account.’
    • ‘And certainly, in these days of computer viruses, electronic hackers and the like, who is to say that he doesn't have a point?’


Early 20th century: from electron + -ic.