solenoid

noun so·le·noid \ ˈsō-lə-ˌnȯid , ˈsä- \
Updated on: 5 Apr 2018

Definition of solenoid

: a coil of wire usually in cylindrical form that when carrying a current acts like a magnet so that a movable core is drawn into the coil when a current flows and that is used especially as a switch or control for a mechanical device (such as a valve)

solenoidal

play \ˌsō-lə-ˈnȯi-dᵊl, ˌsä-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of solenoid

French solénoïde, from Greek sōlēnoeidēs pipe-shaped, from Greek sōlēn pipe


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