avalanche diode

noun

: a silicon semiconductor device in which the voltage drop remains constant and independent of current beyond a certain applied voltage and which is used in surge protectors

Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of avalanche diode was in 1956

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“Avalanche diode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avalanche%20diode. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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