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

Examples of klystron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Electrical engineers estimate that, by improving the efficiency of its RF system’s klystrons, FCC could save 50 MW. IEEE Spectrum, 17 Feb. 2024 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 18 Jul. 2024.

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