charge-coupled device

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charge-cou·​pled device | \ ˈchärj-ˌkə-pəld- How to pronounce charge-coupled device (audio) \

Definition of charge-coupled device

: 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

First Known Use of charge-coupled device

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Charge-coupled device.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charge-coupled%20device. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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