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[ih-lek-tron-iks, ee-lek-] /ɪ lɛkˈtrɒn ɪks, ˌi lɛk-/
(used with a singular verb) the science dealing with the development and application of devices and systems involving the flow of electrons in a vacuum, in gaseous media, and in semiconductors.
(used with a plural verb) electronic devices, circuits, or systems developed through electronics:
Can you get through the day without using your phone or other electronics?
Origin of electronics
1905-10; see electronic, -ics Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for electronics


/ɪlɛkˈtrɒnɪks; ˌiːlɛk-/
(functioning as sing) the science and technology concerned with the development, behaviour, and applications of electronic devices and circuits
(functioning as pl) the circuits and devices of a piece of electronic equipment: the electronics of a television set
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Word Origin and History for electronics

1910, from electronic; cf. also -ics. The science of how electrons behave in vacuums, gas, semi-conductors, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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