zener diode definition by Webster's New World
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a semiconductor diode usually used as a voltage regulator because its resistance breaks down at a precise, predetermined voltage level (), at which time it maintains a constant voltage while producing a sudden large increase in current
Origin: after Clarence Zener (1905-93), United States physicist
zener diode definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A silicon semiconductor device used as a voltage regulator because of its ability to maintain an almost constant voltage with a wide range of currents.
Origin: After Clarence Melvin Zener (1905-1993), American physicist.