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)

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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 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, "Jetography: Photographing Fighter Jets at 40,000 Feet," 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, "General Atomics wins $3.3M contract to assist in nuclear fusion project in France," 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, "General Atomics wins $3.3M contract to assist in nuclear fusion project in France," 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, "Father still knows best, even with newfangled transmissions," 17 June 2017 Ice-crusher solenoid: An electromagnetic coil that controls the ice crusher. 14. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "This Is What a Refrigerator Looks Like When You Take It Apart," 2 Mar. 2015 Ice-crusher plunger: Pulled in by the ice-crusher solenoid, the plunger assists in dispensing crushed or cubed ice. 17. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "This Is What a Refrigerator Looks Like When You Take It Apart," 2 Mar. 2015 Tough for a human, but easy for a machine like the one Rober built, with a sensor to spot the light, and a solenoid to press the button with millisecond accuracy. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Cheating at This Arcade Game Reveals How It's Actually a Scam," 4 Jan. 2018 How can this be good for the longevity of the starting components: battery, starter, solenoid, flywheel, etc.? Ray Magliozzi, The Seattle Times, "Start-stop feature is aggravating but good for mileage," 5 Sep. 2017

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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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The first known use of solenoid was in 1827

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6 Jan 2021

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“Solenoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solenoid. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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