Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An electric circuit consisting of miniaturized components.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electronic device, usually fabricated by photolithography, that is very small and implements several components or their equivalent; an integrated circuit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a microelectronic computer circuit incorporated into a chip or semiconductor; a whole system rather than a single component

Etymologies

micro- +‎ circuit (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Wessel says that perhaps the microcircuit is the orange clownfish Marlin and the Blue Brain is the blue regal tang Dory and together they are searching for Nemo: an understanding of how consciousness emerges from the soggy three-pound mass of nerve and glial cells we call the brain.

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  • Said EMP has deactivated every electrical system and high-tech microcircuit in this building and for several blocks around, so trying to flip any alarm would be quite futile.

    Starcraft II: Devils’ Due

  • The shiny new microcircuit elements lay in straight, neat rows encased in padded containers.

    Good Night, Mrs. Calabash

  • Pucky, Ras Tschubai, Jenner and Dr. Sorowski had returned long since to the house by the spaceport, since all of their microcircuit units had been installed.

    Good Night, Mrs. Calabash

  • Nevertheless he opened the compartment and was shocked to see that the microcircuit was sitting properly in its slot.

    Good Night, Mrs. Calabash

  • The key microcircuit elements are about the size of a finger.

    Good Night, Mrs. Calabash

  • So it shouldn't be difficult to install those microcircuit modules.

    Good Night, Mrs. Calabash

  • Rob Cockerill, photovoltaic marketing manager for DuPont's microcircuit-materials business, said the company's Solamet metallization paste, which is made from silver and other materials, collects electricity produced by the photovoltaic cell and transports it out of the cell.

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  • The restricted items included digital microcircuit parts used in F-14 fighter aircraft, ceramic body armor issued to U.S. troops in Iraq and a cesium-technology timing unit that ensures the accuracy of global positioning systems.

    Danger in Uniform

  • He remembered the fog lifting from San Francisco Bay, and Ishmael saying I can see rooms … see inside the walls, even know the tiniest wire and microcircuit … but it all means nothing.

    Ishmael

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