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avionics

[ey-vee-on-iks, av-ee-] /ˌeɪ viˈɒn ɪks, ˌæv i-/
noun
1.
(used with a singular verb) the science and technology of the development and use of electrical and electronic devices in aviation.
2.
(used with a plural verb) the devices themselves.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; avi(ation) + (electr)onics
Related forms
avionic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for avionic

avionics

/ˌeɪvɪˈɒnɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the science and technology of electronics applied to aeronautics and astronautics
2.
(functioning as pl) the electronic circuits and devices of an aerospace vehicle
Derived Forms
avionic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from avi(ation electr)onics
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Word Origin and History for avionic

avionics

n.

1949, from aviation + electronics.

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Encyclopedia Article for avionic

avionics

(derived from the expression "aviation electronics"), the development and production of electronic instruments for use in aviation and astronautics. The term also refers to the instruments themselves. Such instruments consist of a wide variety of control, performance, and radio navigation devices and systems

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