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 The Taiwan chip manufacturer TSMC and Samsung are producing 5-nanometer transistor chips, and Apple has 5-nanometer tech in some of its latest devices. BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2021 The new discrete transistor circuit design enables Uniti Atom Headphone Edition to gain balanced headphone outputs for 4-pin XLR and 4.4mm Pentaconn, maximizing the performance of high-end headphones using balanced connections. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Making the new transistor relies on not simply etching the features of a chip into silicon, but also building them on top of one another. Will Knight, Wired, 6 May 2021 Slammed by the global chips crisis, some of Germany's biggest automakers are backing a push by Brussels to boost local production of nanometer-size transistor chips to shore up supply chains. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2021 Four years ago, Foxconn promised a Generation 10.5 thin-film-transistor LCD screen manufacturing facility capable of making huge display screens. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2021 The subsequent applications that came out of the quantum revolution, the transistor and laser, ushered in a world dependent on electronics. Priyamvada Natarajan, WSJ, 9 Apr. 2021 The first morning the white women bring lawn chairs and card tables and set up in the street in front of the Emorys house, blaring their transistor radios. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2021 Intel has said previously, for example, that its original 14nm process had a transistor density of 37.5 megatransistors (MTr) per square millimeter, and that this increased to 100.8 MTr per square millimeter with its 10nm process. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 30 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of transistor was in 1948

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15 May 2021

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“Transistor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transistor. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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

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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