zener diodeze·ner diode
a semiconductor diode usually used as a voltage regulator because its resistance breaks down at a precise, predetermined voltage level (zener voltage), at which time it maintains a constant voltage while producing a sudden large increase in current
Origin of zener diodeafter Clarence Zener (1905-93), United States physicist
or Ze·ner diode
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 of zener diodeAfter Clarence Melvin Zener, (1905–1993), American physicist.
(plural Zener diodes)
From Clarence Zener, American physicist.