charge-coupled device

noun

charge-cou·​pled device ˈchärj-ˌkə-pəld- How to pronounce charge-coupled device (audio)
: a semiconductor device that is used especially as an optical sensor and that stores charge and transfers it sequentially to an amplifier and detector

called also CCD, charged coupled device

Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of charge-coupled device was in 1970

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“Charge-coupled device.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charge-coupled%20device. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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