Words related to electronic

electron (n.)
coined 1891 by Irish physicist George J. Stoney (1826-1911) from electric + -on, as in ion (q.v.). Electron microscope (1932) translates German Elektronenmikroskop.

Middle English -ik, -ick, word-forming element making adjectives, "having to do with, having the nature of, being, made of, caused by, similar to," from French -ique and directly from Latin -icus or from cognate Greek -ikos "in the manner of; pertaining to." From PIE adjective suffix *-(i)ko, which also yielded Slavic -isku, adjectival suffix indicating origin, the source of the -sky (Russian -skii) in many surnames. In chemistry, indicating a higher valence than names in -ous (first in benzoic, 1791).

In Middle English and after often spelled -ick, -ike, -ique. Variant forms in -ick (critick, ethick) were common in early Modern English and survived in English dictionaries into early 19c. This spelling was supported by Johnson but opposed by Webster, who prevailed.

electronics (n.)
1910, from electronic; also see -ics. The science of how electrons behave in vacuums, gas, semi-conductors, etc.
bionic (adj.)
1901 as a term in the study of fossils, "quality of an organism that repeats its characteristics in successive generations," from Greek bios "life" (from PIE root *gwei- "to live"). Meaning "pertaining to bionics" is recorded from 1963, with ending from electronic. Popular sense of "superhumanly gifted or durable" is from 1976, from U.S. television program "The Six Million Dollar Man" and its spin-offs.
bionics (n.)
"the study of electronic systems which function in the manner of organic systems," 1959, from bio- "life" + second element from electronic; also see -ics.
e-commerce (n.)
by 1998, from electronic (compare e-mail) + commerce.

1982, short for electronic mail (1977; see electronic + mail (n.1)); this led to the contemptuous application of snail mail (1983) to the old system.

Even aerial navigation in 1999 was found too slow to convey and deliver the mails. The pneumatic tube system was even swifter, and with such facilities at hand it is not surprising that people in San Francisco received four daily editions of the Manhattan journals, although the distance between Sandy Hook and the Golden Gate is a matter of 3,600 miles. ["Looking Forward," Arthur Bird, 1899]

Associated Press style guide collapsed it to email 2011.

psionic (adj.)

"of or pertaining to psi in the 'paranormal' sense," 1952, from psi + ending from electronic, etc. First attested in science fiction. Related: Psionics.