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
Recent Examples of transistor from the Web
A single Ryzen chip the size of a nickel has five million transistors, laid out across 100 different layers.
Most computers work by using a series of transistors, gates that allow electricity to pass or not pass.
The 16nm CPU features seven billion transistors with a 384-bit wide memory bus.
In 1965, Intel’s Gordon Moore predicted that the number of transistors that could be crammed into the same-sized chip would double every 18 months.
John Dankosky remembers listening to Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games through the earplug attached to his blue transistor radio late at night in his boyhood bedroom.
Most of today's high-end chips sport 10 nanometer transistors.
Transistors are doing it for themselves Those advances are giving businesses new ways to deal with their big data problems -- but creating the necessary technology is, to some extent, a big data problem itself.
And these shelves were loaded with bins full of electronic components: resistors, capacitors, transistors, coils, diodes, and lots of other itty bitty things.
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Origin and Etymology of transistor
1transfer + resistor; from its transferring an electrical signal across a resistor
First Known Use: 1948See Words from the same year
TRANSISTOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of transistor for English Language Learners
: a small device that is used to control the flow of electricity in radios, computers, etc.
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Definition of transistor for Students
: a small solid electronic device used for controlling the flow of electricity
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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