Van de Graaff generator

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\ ˈvan-də-ˌgraf- How to pronounce Van de Graaff generator (audio) \

Definition of Van de Graaff generator

: an apparatus for the production of electrical discharges at high voltage commonly consisting of an insulated hollow conducting sphere that accumulates in its interior the charge continuously conveyed from a source of direct current by an endless belt of flexible nonconducting material

First Known Use of Van de Graaff generator

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Van de Graaff generator

after Robert J. Van de Graaff †1967 American physicist, its inventor

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“Van de Graaff generator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Van%20de%20Graaff%20generator. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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Van de Graaff generator

noun
\ ˈvan-də-ˌgraf- How to pronounce Van de Graaff generator (audio) \

Medical Definition of Van de Graaff generator

: an apparatus for the production of electrical discharges at high voltage commonly consisting of an insulated hollow conducting sphere that accumulates in its interior the charge continuously conveyed from a source of direct current by an endless belt of flexible nonconducting material

called also electrostatic generator

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