transistor

noun tran·sis·tor \ tran-ˈzis-tər , tran(t)-ˈsis- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

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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Origin and Etymology of transistor



TRANSISTOR Defined for English Language Learners

transistor

noun

Definition of transistor for English Language Learners

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


TRANSISTOR Defined for Kids

transistor

noun tran·sis·tor \ tran-ˈzi-stər \

Definition of transistor for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

transistor

noun tran·sis·tor \ tranz-ˈis-tər, tran(t)s- \

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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