: relating to or being an arrangement of two electronic circuit elements (such as transistors) such that an alternating input causes them to send current through a load alternately
a push-pull circuit
push-pull noun

Examples of push-pull in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a player himself, Lund brings an intimate understanding of how the game feels on the ground, which is essentially a constant push-pull between sudden bursts of action and sustained periods of repose. Alissa Simon, Variety, 20 May 2024 The study concludes a majority of Latinas – including younger women – continue to feel the push-pull of being successful at work and at home. Stella Chavez, NPR, 15 May 2024 The director says that the push-pull between Oppenheimer and Strauss reminded him of the relationship between Mozart and Antonio Salieri in Amadeus. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 10 Mar. 2024 The push-pull of multiple investigations is more interesting than the at-home plotlines for either detective, though there are a few rich moments and shining fights. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Scholl says a perfect storm of low unemployment, the impact of the Great Resignation, and changes in people’s relationship with work have created push-pull tension of workers holding on to their jobs and employers clamoring for efficiencies. Trey Williams, Fortune, 13 Dec. 2023 The tension in Montana reflects a nationwide push-pull. Katheryn Houghton, CBS News, 12 Dec. 2023 Fields adjacent to push-pull areas also saw decreases in insects. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Aug. 2023 Moore and Portman inject the movie with wattage, dramatic heft, and a push-pull dynamic associated with immovable objects and irresistible forces. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 29 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of push-pull was in 1920

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“Push-pull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/push-pull. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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