thyristor

noun
thy·​ris·​tor | \ thī-ˈri-stər How to pronounce thyristor (audio) \

Definition of thyristor

: any of several semiconductor devices that act as switches, rectifiers, or voltage regulators

First Known Use of thyristor

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thyristor

thyr(atron) + (trans)istor

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“Thyristor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thyristor. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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