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)
solenoidalplay \ˌsō-lə-ˈnȯi-dəl, ˌsä-\ adjective
Recent Examples of solenoid from the Web
The mechanic assisted the pilots in starting the engine with auxiliary power and found that the battery had a charge but that the starter solenoid ‘didn’t click like it should’ and was not engaging the starter.
His father is the vice president for sales at Magnatrol Valve Corporation, a maker of bronze and stainless-steel solenoid valves in Hawthorne, N.J.
For an ideal solenoid, there is a constant magnetic field.
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Origin and Etymology of solenoid
French solénoïde, from Greek sōlēnoeidēs pipe-shaped, from Greek sōlēn pipe
First Known Use: 1827See Words from the same year
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