at·​ten·​u·​a·​tor | \ ə-ˈten-yə-ˌwā-tər How to pronounce attenuator (audio) , -yü-ˌā- \

Definition of attenuator

: a device for attenuating especially : one for reducing the amplitude of an electrical signal without appreciable distortion

Examples of attenuator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The attenuator truck was behind a paint striping crew that was working on the interstate. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "1 killed, Louisiana man injured in three-vehicle wreck on I-65 in Baldwin County," 19 Mar. 2020 This makes them inert and nothing more than sound attenuators. Josh Jacquot, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Porsche 718 Spyder is Music to Our Ears," 19 Mar. 2020 Without the protection of the crash attenuator, the driver died. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Data shows Tesla owner experienced repeated glitch days before deadly 2018 crash," 17 Feb. 2020 In that incident, a 2010 Toyota Prius traveling faster than 75 mph crashed against the attenuator, a cushion that protects vehicles from hitting the end of concrete lane dividers., "NTSB releases details in 2 crashes involving Tesla Autopilot," 13 Feb. 2020 Truck veers right, hits attenuators on right shoulder and loses control. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Lanes reopen after sewage truck overturns on Highway 101 in Mountain View," 14 Aug. 2019 The resulting damage made the attenuator ineffective and likely contributed to Huang's death. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "NTSB: Autopilot steered Tesla car toward traffic barrier before deadly crash," 7 June 2018 The damage likely made the attenuator ineffective and contributed to Huang’s death. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Tesla’s Autopilot steered car toward barrier before deadly crash, investigators say," 7 June 2018 The best part is that the results are the same when the attenuator is put into the circuit. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "NASA’s EM-drive is a magnetic WTF-thruster," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of attenuator

1899, in the meaning defined above

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“Attenuator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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