Transistor Definition

trăn-zĭstər, -sĭs-
transistors
noun
transistors
A solid-state, electronic device, composed of semiconductor material, as germanium, silicon, etc., that controls current flow without use of a vacuum: transistors are similar in function to electron tubes, but have the advantages of being compact, long-lived, and low in power requirements.
Webster's New World
Any of various devices serving the same purpose but employing a different technology.
An optical transistor.
American Heritage
A transistorized radio.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Transistor

Noun

Singular:
transistor
Plural:
transistors

Origin of Transistor

  • Blend of transconductance (transfer) and resistor

    From Wiktionary

  • trans(fer) (res)istor

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

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