di·ode | \ˈdī-ˌōd \

Definition of diode 

: an electronic device that has two electrodes or terminals and is used especially as a rectifier

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The other bit that the researchers mention in passing is that this system cannot currently be powered by laser diodes. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar system images bullet in flight," 30 Mar. 2018 Each strip holds 50 diodes, for 100 lights in total. Michael Calore, WIRED, "This Bike's Light-Up Fork Will Never Leave You in the Dark," 29 June 2018 The dynamic auxiliary turn signals light up each auxiliary diode sequentially. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Toyota’s all-new 2019 Avalon hits dealerships in May," 28 Apr. 2018 That means the alternator bearings are spinning and the diode bridge is working. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: Neighbor's Dangerous Habit Is Driving With His Lights Off," 15 June 2018 The 83-year-old company specializes in producing light-emitting-diode lighting used in a variety of markets, including vehicles, mining and aviation. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "J.W. Speaker, maker of motorcycle headlights, launches $46 million expansion in Germantown," 6 June 2018 Argo AI, Ford's self-driving car unit, recently acquired Princeton Lightwave, a lidar company that uses highly sensitive detectors known as single-photon avalanche diodes. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why experts believe cheaper, better lidar is right around the corner," 1 Jan. 2018 In their picture, the whole system is powered by a couple of diode lasers—slightly more expensive versions of the lasers used in CD players. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar system images bullet in flight," 30 Mar. 2018 According to Rachel Sharoff, licensed esthetician at Skintology Skin and Laser Center, here's a quick rundown on the three most popular laser types: Diode: The diode laser is very effective for light and dark skin. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know Before Trying Laser Hair Removal," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of diode

1919, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of diode was in 1919

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English Language Learners Definition of diode

: an electronic device that allows an electric current to flow in one direction only

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