Definition of animatronics in English:

Share this entry

animatronics

Pronunciation: /ˌanəməˈträniks/

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The technique of making and operating lifelike robots, typically for use in film or other entertainment.
Example sentences
  • Peterson's comments range from funny to interesting (all the fish in the film were either animatronics or rubber).
  • And so we used 37 Herbies, but we built four robots - animatronics, basically.
  • While the effects have not exactly held up the test of time, admittedly, one can still appreciate the incredible cleverness that went into the illusion, especially the use of radio-controlled devices and early animatronics.

Derivatives

animatronic

Pronunciation: /ˌanəməˈtränik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • With the second, the show's creators switched from using a dwarf actor to an animatronic puppet.
  • He's a cross between Kenny Rogers and one of those animatronic country bears at Disney World.
  • An animatronic horse apparently malfunctioned and didn't pull the actor's head back as co-star Hiroyaki Sanada swung his sword.

Origin

1970s: blend of animated and electronics.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: an·i·ma·tron·ics

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.