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

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Recent Examples on the Web Tesla’s first handful of vehicle models used common resistance heating, which fundamentally is the same as how a heat pad or electric blanket works: resistors accumulate slowed current and grow hot. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "For His Next Trick, Elon Musk Will Revolutionize HVAC Systems," 26 Mar. 2020 Making clean audio depends a lot of getting noise-free power, so EVGA uses AudioNote capacitors and resistors in the card as well as a Texas Instrument power-regulation circuit. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "EVGA gets into sound cards with Nu Audio, a high-end board that delivers 'lifelike' gaming," 8 Jan. 2019 Nintendo is getting a bit more proactive about this problem now, noting in a new Japanese FAQ page (machine translation) that users should only use USB-C cables with a 56kΩ resistor with the Switch. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo warns against using substandard Switch charging cables," 6 Apr. 2018 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, "Cheap, Portable Sensors Are Democratizing Air-Quality Data," 11 July 2018 The company, which manufactures capacitors and resistors essential for regulating electrical flows, boosted profit more than five-fold from a year earlier in the first quarter as demand increased and competitors cut output. Yu-huay Sun,, "World's Top Stock With 908% Gain Makes Tiny Smartphone Parts," 10 May 2018 In the case of a coaxial cable, the dielectric is usually chosen such that a 50Ohm resistor will match the properties of the cable. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Perfect Wi-Fi energy harvester gathers scant bounty," 15 Jan. 2018 The sound is created by transferring an electric current through the organic matter of each plant, which serves as a variable resistor, much like the knobs on an electric guitar. Pelican Bomb,, "Musician Quintron tunes in to toxic waters with new artwork," 21 Feb. 2018 The simple crossovers--one each for the woofer and tweeter in each speaker--come with the coils, capacitors and resistors hard-wired on perforated breadboards. Rob Sabin, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build Your Own Speakers: Step-by-Step DIY Tech," 1 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of resistor

1876, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resistor was in 1876

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22 May 2020

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“Resistor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of resistor

technical : a device that is used to control the flow of electricity in an electric circuit

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