solenoid

noun
so·​le·​noid | \ ˈsō-lə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce solenoid (audio) , ˈsä- \

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)

Other Words from solenoid

solenoidal \ ˌsō-​lə-​ˈnȯi-​dᵊl How to pronounce solenoid (audio) , ˌsä-​ \ adjective

Examples of solenoid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The pump shift solenoid may corrode internally, causing a loss of power to the pump control module. Detroit Free Press, 21 Aug. 2021 The second, more common problem is a bad solenoid in the shifter assembly. Motormouth Bob Weber, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Replace evaporative emissions purge solenoid: $149. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 In addition, 18 toroidal field coils will encircle the machine vertically, and one large central solenoid will sit in the middle, forming the largest superconducting magnet system ever built. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2020 Jetographer Paul Wheeler, an eight-year veteran to sonic photography, has installed his Speed Graphic with a stronger trip-spring, a more powerful solenoid-to prevent G-forces from prematurely triggering the shutter. James Joseph, Popular Mechanics, 31 Dec. 2020 Six modules, each 7 feet tall, 14 feet in diameter and 250,000 pounds, will be stacked atop one another to create the solenoid. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 Workers, scientists and engineers at General Atomics are fabricating the solenoid in separate modules that will be shipped overseas to France and assembled. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 If the brake light switch is out of adjustment, pressing the pedal will not release the shift-lock solenoid on the shifter mechanism. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, 17 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of solenoid

1827, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for solenoid

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

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“Solenoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solenoid. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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