light-emitting diode

light-emit·​ting diode

Definition of light-emitting diode

: led

Examples of light-emitting diode in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yao and his team reported on 17 February in Nature that such a film can create enough power to light a light-emitting diode, and 17 such devices connected together can power a cellphone. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "‘Electric mud’ teems with new, mysterious bacteria," 19 Aug. 2020 By comparison, light-emitting diode (LED) flashlights—which emit light from tiny electronic chips—can provide a burst of light while using less than one-quarter of the power. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "With powerful LED flashlights, humans are upping their jungle kills," 31 July 2020 On the other hand, organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, screens skip the backlight and instead use an electric current to light up the pixels one by one. David Nield, Popular Science, "Find the best smart TV for your viewing habits," 28 June 2020 The company struggled in recent years to adapt to a market upended by government efforts to phase out traditional bulbs in favor of energy-efficient options such as light-emitting diode technology. Rick Clough,, "GE Leaves Edison Further in the Past by Selling Lightbulb Unit," 7 June 2020 The company is investing heavily in flexible organic light-emitting diode panels, upgrading its technology to ward off rising competition from Chinese suppliers such as BOE Technology Group Co. Sohee Kim,, "Samsung Profit Slides 38% With Stubborn Memory-Chip Slump," 6 May 2020 The city has five factories making liquid crystal displays, known as LCDs, and organic light-emitting diodes, known as OLEDs, both of which are used for television and laptop monitors. Paul Wiseman, Fortune, "Toys, tech and cars: Supplies are running low for firms that depend on China imports," 4 Feb. 2020 The city has five factories making liquid crystal displays, known as LCDs, and organic light-emitting diodes, known as OLEDs, both of which are used for television and laptop monitors. Washington Post, "Clock is ticking for companies that depend on China imports," 4 Feb. 2020 For long-lasting, energy-efficient landscape lights, first look for fixtures that use LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs, which are both long-lasting and consume less energy than CFL bulbs. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Best Landscape Lights to Stylishly Illuminate Your Home at Night," 14 Apr. 2020

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Light-emitting diode.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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