Meaning of “electronic” in the English Dictionary

"electronic" in British English

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electronicadjective

uk /ˌel.ekˈtrɒn.ɪk/ us /iˌlekˈtrɑː.nɪk/

electronic adjective (ELECTRICAL)

B1 (especially of equipment), using, based on, or used in a system of operation that involves the control of electric current by various devices:

an electronic keyboard/game
electronic components/devices

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  • electronic amplification
  • a miniaturized electronic circuit
  • electronic gizmos
  • Even with a load of electronic gadgetry, you still need some musical ability to write a successful song.

electronic adjective (COMPUTING)

B1 relating to computers or something that is done by computers:

electronic communication/cash
electronic publishing

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  • You can use the device to scan the image and reproduce it on-screen in an electronic format.
  • It is one of a new class of electronic products variously called 'personal communicators' or 'personal digital assistants'.
  • Many electronic devices let you create your own skins.
  • electronic mail
electronically
adverb uk /ˌel.ekˈtrɒn.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /iˌlekˈtrɑː.nɪ.kəl.i/

B2

electronically generated graphics
electronically stored information

(Definition of “electronic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"electronic" in American English

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electronicadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ɪˌlekˈtrɑn·ɪk/

involving a system of operation that involves the control of a flow of electrons esp. in various devices including computers:

electronic banking
The huge electronic scoreboard showed a replay of the last goal.
electronically
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ɪˌlekˈtrɑn·ɪk·li/

(Definition of “electronic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"electronic" in Business English

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electronicadjective

uk /ɪˌlekˈtrɒnɪk/ us

using, based on, or used in a system of operation which involves the control of electric current by various devices, such as microchips:

electronic games/gadgets/goods
They design integrated circuits and other electronic components.
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IT kept in electronic form on a microchip, disk, or computer:

an electronic catalogue/database
electronic data/records
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INTERNET, E-COMMERCE using the internet or another electronic communication system in order to operate:

electronic access/billing
electronic media/publishing
electronic payment/cash system Cheques are steadily being replaced by electronic payment systems such as debit cards.
electronically
adverb /ɪˌlekˈtrɒnɪkli/ /-ˈtrɑːnɪ-/

These journals will soon be available electronically.

(Definition of “electronic” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)