Wimshurst machine

Wims·​hurst machine | \ ˈwimzˌhərst- \

Definition of Wimshurst machine

: an electric machine of the induction type having two closely parallel glass plates revolving in opposite directions and bearing a set of metal carriers corresponding pairs of which on the two plates act momentarily as small electrophorus elements and usually being provided with Leyden jars for storing the accumulated charges

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History and Etymology for Wimshurst machine

after James Wimshurst †1903 English engineer

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“Wimshurst machine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wimshurst%20machine. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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