re·​sis·​tor | \ ri-ˈzi-stər How to pronounce resistor (audio) \

Definition of resistor

: a device that has electrical resistance and that is used in an electric circuit for protection, operation, or current control

Examples of resistor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the upgrade of the CD11 CD player, eight capacitors were upgraded along with one resistor in the DAC stage, while all nine capacitors in the power supply were swapped out for improved components. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Each kit includes products that can be found in a car, such as a sensor, a micro-controller board, a breadboard, a resistor, wires, cables and a passive buzzer. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 Today, changing any single part of the heart—a bolt, a valve, a resistor—can require a new approval process. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2021 This resulted in some fascinatingly half-ass but workable engineering decisions, like having to replicate the placement of an engineer's finger on the motherboard with a resistor pack in order to get the machine to work. Jason Torchinsky, Ars Technica, 20 Dec. 2020 After modders discovered a way around the Xbox 360’s safeguards with a drill and a resistor, Microsoft built a custom circuit board onto the Xbox One optical drive. Kyle Wiens, Wired, 11 Dec. 2020 The AirU program has students building their own particulate-matter sensors, starting with toy blocks, a cheap Arduino computer board, and a photo resistor that scatters light to detect particles of pollution. Jason Plautz, WIRED, 11 July 2018 See More

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First Known Use of resistor

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Resistor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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