thyratron

noun
thy·​ra·​tron | \ ˈthī-rə-ˌträn How to pronounce thyratron (audio) \

Definition of thyratron

: a gas-filled hot-cathode electron tube in which the grid controls only the start of a continuous current thus giving the tube a trigger effect

First Known Use of thyratron

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thyratron

Greek thýra "door" + -tron — more at door

Note: The American physicist and electrical engineer Albert W. Hull (1880-1966) is credited with coinage of this word and several other names of electron tubes (as magnetron) ; see C.G. Suits and J.M. Lafferty, Albert Wallace Hull, 1880-1966, A Biographical Memoir, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., 1970.

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“Thyratron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thyratron. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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