res·​o·​na·​tor | \ ˈre-zə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce resonator (audio) \

Definition of resonator

: something that resounds or resonates: such as
a : a hollow metallic container for producing microwaves or a piezoelectric crystal put into oscillation by the oscillations of an outside source
b : a device for increasing the resonance of a musical instrument

Examples of resonator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These are coupled directly to the devices that create the very short pulses—the little chip of glass that contains microring resonators—and from there, the light goes out to the ranging system. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lidar system images bullet in flight," 30 Mar. 2018 This is important because the critical piece of the hardware is a little glass ball, called a whispering gallery mode resonator. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Spinning glass ball rejects light from one direction," 27 June 2018 Once in the resonator, the light cannot return to the fiber without somehow changing direction. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Spinning glass ball rejects light from one direction," 27 June 2018 The resonators, meanwhile, act like antennas, picking up and transmitting ambient radio frequencies. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Sticking to your diet? This tooth-mounted food sensor could transmit the truth," 24 Mar. 2018 The drummer plays resonator guitar when called upon; a backup singer is also a flautist. Dan Deluca,, "Review: Paul Simon says goodbye, still restless after all these years," 17 June 2018 That's tricky, because the resonance frequency of most resonators changes with temperature. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "NASA’s EM-drive is a magnetic WTF-thruster," 21 May 2018 That light is then channeled into a narrow beam by a resonator, and then directed at a target. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the Military Will Be Revolutionized By Laser Weaponry," 11 Mar. 2016 Building blocks to chips For its qubits, IBM uses superconducting wires linked to a resonator, all built on top of a silicon wafer. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Quantum computing’s future is almost semi-here—are we ready for it?," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of resonator

circa 1869, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of resonator was circa 1869

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“Resonator.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 16 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of resonator

: a device used to make something (such as a musical instrument) louder

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