from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The technology employing electronics to animate motorized puppets.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of robotics used to create robots that produce preset moves and prerecorded sounds.
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- n. the construction of robots to look like animals (developed for Disneyland)
anima(tion) + (elec)tronics.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of animation and electronics, from the Disney trademark "Audio-Animatronics". (Wiktionary)