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

Examples of transistor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Apple hasn't shared the transistor size on its latest S7 chip powering the Apple Watch Series 7, but it's likely built on a 7-nm process, potentially making the new W5 chips some of the most efficient wearable processors on the market. Wired, 20 July 2022 Vin Scully, Dodgers fans and the transistor radio: How an unbreakable bond was formed. Scott Sandell, Los Angeles Times, 18 July 2022 RibbonFETs exhibit improved transistor performance relative to FinFETs because the RibbonFET gate completely surrounds the channel. Steven Leibson, Forbes, 13 June 2022 But Buddy had turned eagerly toward the place, and was now walking fast up to the gate where the guard was snoozing in his hut, a little transistor radio playing beside him. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 In conventional computer processor a transistor is either up or down, heads or tails. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, 30 May 2018 Another differentiator on the GSX-S1000GT+ is Suzuki’s first-ever integration of a thin-film transistor (TFT) display. Peter Jackson, Robb Report, 6 May 2022 This isolated everything but the edge of the graphene from the rest of the transistor hardware. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 10 Mar. 2022 True, boring old Bell Labs scientists developed the transistor; the first popular web browser was created at the University of Illinois; military computer scientists invented the internet. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, 11 May 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transistor. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for transistor

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

noun
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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