Any terminal that conducts an electric current into or away from various conducting substances in a circuit, as the anode or cathode in a battery or the carbons in an arc lamp, or that emits, collects, or controls the flow of electrons in an electron tube, as the cathode, plate, or grid.
Webster's New World
A collector or emitter of electric charge or of electric-charge carriers, as in a semiconducting device.
Other Word Forms of Electrode
Origin of Electrode
The word was coined by the scientist Michael Faraday from the Ancient Greek words ἤλεκτρον (ēlektron, “amber”) (from which the word electricity is derived) and ὁδός (hodos, “way”).
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