transistor

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noun tran·sis·tor \tran-ˈzis-tər, tran(t)-ˈsis-\

Definition of transistor

  1. 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 (as germanium) with at least three electrodes

  2. 2 :  a transistorized radio

Origin and Etymology of transistor

1transfer + resistor; from its transferring an electrical signal across a resistor


First Known Use: 1948



TRANSISTOR Defined for English Language Learners

transistor

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noun tran·sis·tor \tran-ˈzis-tər, tran(t)-ˈsis-\

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

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noun tran·sis·tor \tran-ˈzi-stər\

Definition of transistor for Students

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


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transistor

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

Medical Definition of transistor

  1. :  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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