fer·​rite ˈfer-ˌīt How to pronounce ferrite (audio)
: any of several magnetic substances that consist essentially of ferric oxide combined with the oxides of one or more other metals (such as manganese, nickel, or zinc), have high magnetic permeability and high electrical resistivity, and are used especially in electronic devices
: a solid solution in which alpha iron is the solvent
ferritic adjective

Examples of ferrite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This innovative product, packed with over 500 ferrite stones, molds together like putty, providing a tactile and engaging experience. Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 However, as Wired also notes, ferrite has about one-tenth the magnetic strength of neodymium, meaning any ferrite magnet will likely need to be larger and heavier than its predecessor. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2023 Among the non-rare-earth permanent magnets invented so far, only two are in large-scale production: ferrites and another type called Alnico (aluminum nickel cobalt). IEEE Spectrum, 22 Mar. 2023 According to Wired, a leading candidate to replace neodymium is likely ferrite, a ceramic iron-oxide compound found in a variety of electronics. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2023 Among experts willing to speculate, the choice was unanimous: ferrite magnets. IEEE Spectrum, 22 Mar. 2023 Inductors typically consist of a coil of insulated wire wrapped around a core of magnetic material like iron or ferrite, a ceramic filled with iron oxide. Eric Schlaepfer, IEEE Spectrum, 14 Jan. 2023 Some hurdles remain before bismuth ferrite will be ready for prime time, though: Power—the rate of energy output—relies not only on voltage but also on current. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2010 Seidel and his colleagues recently found that an inexpensive material called bismuth ferrite can produce high voltages that break through the band gap limit. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2010 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ferrite was in 1851

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“Ferrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferrite. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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