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 This solar battery is an outgrowth of transistor research. Scientific American, "Solar Cells Only Good for Rural Phone Systems," 30 Mar. 2020 Sandy's fellow students were no doubt glued to their TV sets that night, but the set in Sandy's house didn't even work, and one of her roommates had taken the transistor radio. Paula Schleis, cincinnati.com, "She studied to help stroke victims find their voices. The Kent State shootings took hers.," 30 Apr. 2020 Modern transistors, which function as a computer’s brain cells, are only a few atoms long. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light," 8 Apr. 2020 The smaller the transistor, the lower the voltage necessary to turn it on and off. Jacek Krywko, Ars Technica, "Space-grade CPUs: How do you send more computing power into space?," 11 Nov. 2019 Every night listening to the game on my transistor radio. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: Where’s your money?," 14 Apr. 2020 Scientists imagined all of the remarkable things that graphene might be made into: transistors, sensors, novel materials. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "A Physics Magic Trick: Take 2 Sheets of Carbon and Twist," 30 Oct. 2019 Today's computer chips are fiendishly complicated, containing billions of transistors and requiring years of design and testing to create. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "AMD’s Command Performace at CES 2020 Was Years in the Making," 10 Jan. 2020 This is how transistors are etched onto the surface of the silicon wafer. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Is the World's Largest Computer Chip," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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18 May 2020

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“Transistor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transistor. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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transistor

noun
How to pronounce transistor (audio)

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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