solenoid

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noun so·le·noid \ˈsō-lə-ˌnȯid, ˈsä-\

Definition of solenoid

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of solenoid

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


First Known Use: 1827


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