Potentiometer Definition

pə-tĕnshē-ŏmĭ-tər
potentiometers
noun
potentiometers
An instrument for measuring an unknown voltage by comparison to a standard voltage.
American Heritage
Any of various devices for measuring, comparing, or controlling electric potentials; specif., a kind of resistor that can be varied, as in a rotary device used to control the volume of a radio, TV, etc.
Webster's New World
A mechanical variable resistor.
American Heritage Science
Synonyms:
pot

Other Word Forms of Potentiometer

Noun

Singular:
potentiometer
Plural:
potentiometers

Origin of Potentiometer

  • potenti(al) –meter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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