kly·​stron ˈklī-ˌsträn How to pronounce klystron (audio)
: an electron tube in which bunching of electrons is produced by electric fields and which is used for the generation and amplification of ultrahigh-frequency current

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The numerous Soviet missiles Ukraine has relied upon—especially S-300 and Buk long- and medium-range systems—are mostly non-replenishable due to reliance on components built only in Russia, including klystron vacuum tubes. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 22 Mar. 2023

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Word History


from Klystron, a trademark

First Known Use

1939, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of klystron was in 1939

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“Klystron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/klystron. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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