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

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But Google isn’t just another company, and its competition, Apple’s iPad, isn’t just another formulaic slab of transistors and pixels. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018 The graphics processing unit is a bit of silicon and transistors found in every laptop and smartphone. Popular Mechanics, "What AI Can Really Do Right Now," 17 Oct. 2017 The advent of the aircraft, the transistor, and powerful missiles over the past 100-plus has changed the role of cruisers dramatically. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "One Chart That Explains 130 Years of U.S. Navy Cruisers," 19 Jan. 2016 The problem is that Moore’s Law, the axiom that transistors double over two years, has slowed, putting a premium on design. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AMD announces 3rd-gen Ryzen and Radeon VII, beating Intel and Nvidia to 7nm," 9 Jan. 2019 Nvidia, Intel, AMD, Samsung, Apple, and many others will increasingly need to do more with the existing transistors on chips instead of continuing to shrink their size. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Nvidia rethinks the graphics card with the RTX 2080," 14 Sep. 2018 All of this is electrically connected to a transistor. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Big transistor senses the arrival of a single molecule," 29 Oct. 2018 Microsoft went to a new display design that uses a different transistor, with a smaller pixel but a greater aperture. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft launches next-gen Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop, Surface Studio and more," 2 Oct. 2018 Similarly, analog components (for Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity) are optimal on different processes, with different transistor designs. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel introduces Foveros: 3D die stacking for more than just memory," 12 Dec. 2018

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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

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

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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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