transistor

noun
tran·​sis·​tor | \ tran-ˈzi-stər How to pronounce transistor (audio) , tran(t)-ˈsi-\

Definition of transistor

1 : a solid-state electronic device that is used to control the flow of electricity in electronic equipment and usually consists of a small block of a semiconductor (such as germanium) with at least three electrodes
2 : a transistorized radio

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In the mid-1990s the United States recognized that for the internet to reach its then-futuristic promise, it couldn't be regulated by laws meant for rotary telephones and transistor radios. Stuart Alderoty For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Clarity is the first step to effective cryptocurrency regulation," 7 Aug. 2019 For decades, thanks to the shrinking size of transistors, microchips had been doubling in processing power roughly every two years, a phenomenon defined by Moore’s Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore. Sam Dean, latimes.com, "How Jony Ive, Apple’s design guru, planned his own obsolescence," 28 June 2019 The delay of the chip, which has a higher density of transistors, thus boosting its power, was met with dismay by investors, since Intel initially said the product would be widely available in the second half of 2017. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Intel Looks to Calm Concerns on Supplies: What to Watch," 25 Oct. 2018 In the middle of the night the cadre awoke us to listen to the landing on a transistor radio. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "Apollo 11 Moon Landing: Readers shares their memories of the momentous event for mankind," 14 July 2019 Earlier transistor radios, which had single earpieces, didn’t have that effect. Clive Thompson, Smithsonian, "The Walkman’s Invention 40 Years Ago Launched a Cultural Revolution," 9 July 2019 Fads of the period such as hula hoops and transistor radios come in for special mention. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: ‘The Beat’ goes pro at Vanguard," 19 June 2019 Overly sensitive transistor Why does the sensing layer respond so strongly? Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Big transistor senses the arrival of a single molecule," 29 Oct. 2018 Key to this is TSMC's 7nm process, which offers twice the transistor density of the 14nm process the original Zen parts used. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "AMD outlines its future: 7nm GPUs with PCIe 4, Zen 2, Zen 3, Zen 4," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of transistor

1948, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for transistor

trans- + (re)sist(ance) entry 1 + -or entry 1

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transistor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of transistor

: a small device that is used to control the flow of electricity in radios, computers, etc.

transistor

noun
tran·​sis·​tor | \ tran-ˈzi-stər How to pronounce transistor (audio) \

Kids Definition of transistor

: a small solid electronic device used for controlling the flow of electricity

transistor

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tran·​sis·​tor | \ tranz-ˈis-tər, tran(t)s- How to pronounce transistor (audio) \

Medical Definition of transistor

: a solid-state electronic device that is used to control the flow of electricity in electronic equipment and consists of a small block of a semiconductor (as germanium) with at least three electrodes

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