cathode-ray tube


Definition of cathode-ray tube

: a vacuum tube in which a beam of electrons is projected on a phosphor-coated screen to produce a luminous spot at a point on the screen determined by the effect on the electron beam of a variable magnetic field within the tube

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When first built in 1965, the consoles had era-appropriate cathode-ray tube monitors. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Houston, We Have a Resurrection: How Mission Control Came Back from the Brink," 27 Nov. 2018 There is mercury in liquid-crystal display screens, lead in cathode-ray tubes, cadmium in semiconductors and batteries, and ozone layer-destroying chlorofluorocarbons in old refrigerators, for example. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "'E-waste': Getting grip on a growing global problem," 9 July 2018 The console also offers three display choices: the original 4:3 aspect ratio of the games, a CRT filter that replicates the same blurry look of cathode-ray tube TVs, and a Pixel Perfect mode that makes the games look crisp and clean. Gregory Schmidt, New York Times, "Nintendo’s Super NES Classic Edition Is Nostalgia, Revisited," 27 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cathode-ray tube

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cathode-ray tube was in 1905

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English Language Learners Definition of cathode-ray tube

: a large tube that shows a picture on a screen (such as a television or computer screen)

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Medical Definition of cathode-ray tube

: a vacuum tube in which a beam of electrons is projected on a fluorescent screen to produce a luminous spot

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