Potentiometer meaning

pə-tĕnshē-ŏmĭ-tər
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An instrument for measuring an unknown voltage by comparison to a standard voltage.
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A three-terminal resistor with an adjustable center connection, widely used for volume control in radio and television receivers.
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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.
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A mechanical variable resistor.
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An instrument for measuring an unknown voltage by comparison with a known voltage, such as that of a generator.
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(electronics) A user-adjustable variable resistor that functions as a voltage divider.
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(physics) An instrument that measures a voltage by opposing it with a precise fraction of a known voltage, and without drawing current from the unknown source.
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Origin of potentiometer

  • potenti(al) –meter

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