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 Dictionary entry overview: What does electronics mean? 

  The noun ELECTRONICS has 1 sense:

1. the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices

  Familiarity information: ELECTRONICS used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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The branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices

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Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("electronics" is a kind of...):

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

Domain member category:

base ((electronics) the part of a transistor that separates the emitter from the collector)

growing ((electronics) the production of (semiconductor) crystals by slow crystallization from the molten state)

series ((electronics) connection of components in such a manner that current flows first through one and then through the other)

time constant ((electronics) the time required for the current or voltage in a circuit to rise or fall exponentially through approximately 63 per cent of its amplitude)

decouple (reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another))

dope (add impurities to (a semiconductor) in order to produce or modify its properties)

analog; analogue; linear (of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input)

digital (of a circuit or device that represents magnitudes in digits)

stereo; stereophonic; two-channel (designating sound transmission from two sources through two channels)

mono; monophonic; single-channel (designating sound transmission or recording or reproduction over a single channel)

stand-alone (capable of operating independently)

attenuated (of an electrical signal; reduced in amplitude with little or no distortion)

solid-state (consisting of semiconductor materials and components and related devices)

sunrise industry (a new industry that is expanding rapidly (especially telecommunications or electronics))

fault ((electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.))

impulse; pulsation; pulse; pulsing ((electronics) a sharp transient wave in the normal electrical state (or a series of such transients))

contact; tangency ((electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact)

clipper; limiter ((electronics) an nonlinear electronic circuit whose output is limited in amplitude; used to limit the instantaneous amplitude of a waveform (to clip off the peaks of a waveform))

electronic network; network ((electronics) a system of interconnected electronic components or circuits)

electronic transistor; junction transistor; transistor (a semiconductor device capable of amplification)

characteristic; device characteristic (any measurable property of a device measured under closely specified conditions)

frequency response ((electronics) a response depicting the output-to-input ratio of a transducer as a function of frequency)

redundancy ((electronics) a system design that duplicates components to provide alternatives in case one component fails)

modulation ((electronics) the transmission of a signal by using it to vary a carrier wave; changing the carrier's amplitude or frequency or phase)

demodulation ((electronics) the reception of a signal by extracting it from the carrier wave)

frequency-response characteristic; frequency-response curve ((electronics) a graph of frequency response with signal amplitude or gain plotted against frequency)

characterisic function; characteristic curve ((electronics) graph showing how a particular characteristic of a device varies with other parameters)

ripple ((electronics) an oscillation of small amplitude imposed on top of a steady value)

heterodyne (of or relating to the beat produced by heterodyning two oscillations)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "electronics"):

electron optics (the branch of electronics that deals with beams of electrons and their focusing and deflection by magnetic fields)

microelectronics (the branch of electronics that deals with miniature components)

thermionics (the branch of electronics dealing with thermionic phenomena (especially thermionic vacuum tubes))

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