zener diode

noun, often capitalized Z
ze·​ner diode | \ ˈzē-nər- How to pronounce zener diode (audio) , ˈze- How to pronounce zener diode (audio) \

Definition of zener diode

: a silicon semiconductor device used especially as a voltage regulator

First Known Use of zener diode

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zener diode

Clarence M. Zener †1993 American physicist

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“Zener diode.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zener%20diode. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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