Wimshurst-machine Definition

wĭmzhûrst
noun
An electrostatic generator used chiefly to demonstrate how static electricity is generated at high voltages, consisting of oppositely rotating mica or glass disks with metal carriers on which charges are produced by induction.
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Synonyms:
van-de-graaff-generatorelectrostatic machineelectrostatic generator

Origin of Wimshurst-machine

  • After James Wimshurst (1832–1903), British engineer

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

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