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  • 1(of a device) having or operating with the aid of many small components, especially microchips and transistors, that control and direct an electric current.

    ‘an electronic calculator’
    • ‘They'll also examine how humidity affects the surface of silicon, which is used to make microchips and other electronic devices.’
    • ‘The silicon transistors of modern electronic devices make connections to potentials the values of which represent zero and one throughout a system.’
    • ‘Modern airliners are packed with electronic devices that control the plane and handle navigation and communications.’
    • ‘Inorganic chemistry is used to construct electronic components such as transistors, diodes, computer chips, and various metal compounds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here they were making electronic brake controls, in different configurations and different voltages.’
    • ‘Testing of the electronic engine control is also on schedule following the delivery of the first units.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A typical electronic control unit operates at 8.5 volts; that power is provided by a voltage regulator built into the unit.’
    • ‘All of the light fixtures and electronic devices currently plugged in exploded from the jolt of electric energy that had rocketed from the sky.’
    • ‘Dynamic stability control, ABS, traction control and electronic brake force distribution are standard fare.’
    • ‘In any case, some of the claims made by those who believe they are being controlled by these electronic weapons do not seem plausible.’
    • ‘The system is designed for all boats with electronic engine controls.’
    • ‘Tantalum is mainly used in the electronics industry in the manufacture of capacitors, used in electronic gadgets like cell phones.’
    • ‘With advances in standard off-the-shelf alkaline batteries, most electronic sensors can operate for longer periods without running down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Verify proper operation of various sensors and other electronic control devices’
    • ‘Currently, most electronic devices are based on silicon.’
    mechanized, mechanical, automated, push-button, preprogrammed, computerized, electronic, robotic, unmanned
    1. 1.1(of music) produced by electronic instruments.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘That nearly all music is electronic is a banal truism.’
      • ‘Hopefully the new album will be seen in a slightly broader sense and not just confined to electronic music’
      • ‘Anyone looking for a daring, boundary-pushing exercise in electronic dance music would be advised to steer clear.’
      • ‘The effect is sometimes almost orchestral and sometimes like electronic jazz, with enhanced frogs and insects riffing on chord changes and rhythmic patterns.’
      • ‘An extremely important electronic advance for popular music scholars is the widespread availability through the Internet of digitized recorded music.’
      • ‘But what of the inverse - the electronic acts giving rock music a whirl?’
      • ‘This slacker attitude might also keep them on the edge of electronic pop music.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then the heavy electronic techno beat started, and dancers vacillated their bodies without restriction.’
      • ‘The music is something electronic but suits the ballet very well.’
      • ‘1987 was an early but fertile time for electronic dance music.’
      • ‘A lot of electronic musicians release their music using pseudonyms, but you use your own name.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Every subgenre of contemporary electronic dance music has superstar DJs and tracks that are ripe for the fruit basket of mass consumption.’
      • ‘He's fooled around with most every idiom of electronic dance music (some of which he shudders in shame to mention).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He projected those images on a large screen in the classroom while playing electronic / techno music.’
      • ‘We both liked the idea of putting that certain underground, electronic dance music into a more pop kind of context.’
    2. 1.2Relating to electronics.
      ‘a degree in electronic engineering’
      • ‘But the average added value of a worker in an electronic engineering firm, where design is critical, is $250,000.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was studying IT and electronic engineering.’
      • ‘The electronic circuit analysis course he taught to students helped most of his students enter the field of electronic engineering.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What proved to be a loss for the world of electronic engineering, proved to be Rochdale's gain.’
      • ‘He has a degree in radio electronic engineering and a postgraduate qualification in financial insurance management.’
      • ‘Soon electronic engineering became a thing of the past for Richard and he's never looked back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There he worked as an electrician before completing both electrical and electronic engineering diplomas and working as an automation engineer in Melbourne.’
      • ‘At the same time, information about accepted variants of combat employment of electronic engineering units is memorized by it for further repeated use.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The university is set to invest a further €16 million in a new biosciences and electronic engineering facility.’
      • ‘Civil and chemical engineering salaries remained relatively stable, but electronic engineers were hit badly by the downturn in the technology sector.’
  • 2Relating to electrons.

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

    ‘electronic banking’
    • ‘They can share and download electronic collections on the Network.’
    • ‘The use of computer systems, electronic communication systems and Internet access is restricted to the conduct of company business.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once the user has scanned the products, they bring the device to an in-store computer, which produces an electronic shopping list.’
    • ‘And certainly, in these days of computer viruses, electronic hackers and the like, who is to say that he doesn't have a point?’
    • ‘On the Web, however, research materials are accessed online via electronic databases instead of through librarians or curators.’
    • ‘Seemingly harmless World Cup screensavers, spreadsheets and electronic wall charts could provide the ideal vehicles for virus and worm propagation.’
    • ‘Skills in electronic commerce, computer networking and Internet / Web will all command recruiters' attention, Copeland says.’
    • ‘Although he denied the charges, he was convicted in 2001 of computer hacking and electronic eavesdropping.’
    • ‘Again, it provides tools to manage and transfer podcast, electronic magazine and video blog subscriptions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An electronic (computer data base) copy of the voters' roll must be provided to all political parties.’
    • ‘If a power outage hit on a much larger scale, it could shut down the electronic networks that keep governments and militaries running.’
    • ‘Direct access trading systems also give traders the ability to trade on the electronic communication networks (ECNs).’
    • ‘FBI agents seized his computers and all electronic media and effectively put him out of business.’
    • ‘Shareware and freeware were around long before the Internet, circulating years before in computer clubs and on electronic bulletin board systems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’



/əˌlekˈtränik/ /əˌlɛkˈtrɑnɪk/


Early 20th century from electron+ -ic.