capacitance

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​tance | \ kə-ˈpa-sə-tən(t)s How to pronounce capacitance (audio) \

Definition of capacitance

1a : the property of an electric nonconductor that permits the storage of energy as a result of the separation of charge that occurs when opposite surfaces of the nonconductor are maintained at a difference of potential
b : the measure of this property that is equal to the ratio of the charge on either surface to the potential difference between the surfaces
2 : a part of a circuit or network that possesses capacitance

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Other Words from capacitance

capacitive \ kə-​ˈpa-​sə-​tiv How to pronounce capacitive (audio) \ adjective
capacitively adverb

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Fingerprint scanners work on this same principle, just at a level small enough to measure the ridges and valleys of your fingerprint—a ridge will affect capacitance more than a valley, and thus an electrical fingerprint is measured. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus 6T Review: Amazing value with an even more amazing fingerprint reader," 29 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, a capacitance sensor measures the electrical charge in the leaf. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "This Snap-On Sensor Could Tell Farmers Exactly How Much To Water Their Crops," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of capacitance

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for capacitance

capacity

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The first known use of capacitance was in 1893

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capacitance

noun
ca·​pac·​i·​tance | \ kə-ˈpas-ət-ən(t)s How to pronounce capacitance (audio) \

Medical Definition of capacitance

1a : the property of an electric nonconductor that permits the storage of energy as a result of the separation of charge occurring when opposite surfaces of the nonconductor are maintained at a difference of potential
b : the measure of this property equal to the ratio of the charge on either surface to the potential difference between the surfaces
2 : a part of a circuit or network that possesses capacitance

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