electrical device

Definitions of electrical device

n a device that produces or is powered by electricity

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aerial, antenna, transmitting aerial
an electrical device that sends or receives radio or television signals
an electrical device for attenuating the strength of an electrical signal
ballast, light ballast
an electrical device for starting and regulating fluorescent and discharge lamps
battery, electric battery
a device that produces electricity; may have several primary or secondary cells arranged in parallel or series
bimetallic strip
a strip consisting of two metals that bends with a rise in temperature
conducts current between rotating and stationary parts of a generator or motor
capacitance, capacitor, condenser, electrical condenser
an electrical device characterized by its capacity to store an electric charge
cell, electric cell
a device that delivers an electric current as the result of a chemical reaction
circuit, electric circuit, electrical circuit
an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow
board, control board, control panel, instrument panel, panel
electrical device consisting of a flat insulated surface that contains switches and dials and meters for controlling other electrical devices
distributer, distributor, electrical distributor
electrical device that distributes voltage to the spark plugs of a gasoline engine in the order of the firing sequence
electrical device used for etching by electrolytic means
Van de Graaff generator, Wimshurst machine, electrostatic generator, electrostatic machine
electrical device that produces a high voltage by building up a charge of static electricity
an electrical device that alters the frequency spectrum of signals passing through it
an electrical device that automatically turns a lamp on and off (as for an advertising display)
electrical fuse, fuse, safety fuse
an electrical device that can interrupt the flow of electrical current when it is overloaded
inductance, inductor
an electrical device (typically a conducting coil) that introduces inductance into a circuit
an electrical device consisting of a connector socket designed for the insertion of a plug
electrical device to which electrical power is delivered
male plug, plug
an electrical device with two or three pins that is inserted in a socket to make an electrical connection
Cottrell precipitator, electrostatic precipitator, precipitator
removes dust particles from gases by electrostatic precipitation
an electrical device used to introduce reactance into a circuit
electrical device that transforms alternating into direct current
electrical relay, relay
electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit
resistance, resistor
an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current
security, security measure, security system
an electrical device that sets off an alarm when someone tries to break in
Segway, Segway HT, Segway Human Transporter
(trademark) a self-balancing personal transportation device with two wheels; can operate in any level pedestrian environment
solar array, solar battery, solar panel
electrical device consisting of a large array of connected solar cells
spark arrester
electrical device to reduce sparking when electrical contacts are opened or closed
plug, spark plug, sparking plug
electrical device that fits into the cylinder head of an internal-combustion engine and ignites the gas by means of an electric spark
suppresser, suppressor
an electrical device for suppressing unwanted currents
an electrical device that converts one form of energy into another
an electrical device by which alternating current of one voltage is changed to another voltage
electrical device designed to receive a specific signal and automatically transmit a specific reply
an electrical device that can injure or kill by means of electric currents
A battery
the battery used to heat the filaments of a vacuum tube
ballast, ballast resistor, barretter
a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes (as those arising from temperature fluctuations)
B battery
battery for supplying a constant positive voltage to the plate of a vacuum tube
bridge, bridge circuit
a circuit consisting of two branches (4 arms arranged in a diamond configuration) across which a meter is connected
a circuit consisting of a T-network with an additional shunt bridging the two series circuits
bypass capacitor, bypass condenser
a capacitor that provides low impedance over certain (high) frequencies
cartridge fuse
a fuse cased in a tube
C battery
battery used to maintain the grid potential in a vacuum tube
breaker, circuit breaker
a device that trips like a switch and opens the circuit when overloaded
closed circuit, loop
a complete electrical circuit around which current flows or a signal circulates
reactor consisting of a spiral of insulated wire that introduces inductance into a circuit
a transformer that supplies high voltage to spark plugs in a gasoline engine
computer circuit
a circuit that is part of a computer
dashboard, fascia
instrument panel on an automobile or airplane containing dials and controls
delay line
a circuit designed to introduce a calculated delay into the transmission of a signal
demodulator, detector
rectifier that extracts modulation from a radio carrier wave
dipole, dipole antenna
an aerial half a wavelength long consisting of two rods connected to a transmission line at the center
directional antenna
an antenna that transmits or receives signals only in a narrow angle
electro-acoustic transducer
a transducer that converts electrical to acoustic energy or vice versa
electrolytic, electrolytic capacitor, electrolytic condenser
a fixed capacitor consisting of two electrodes separated by an electrolyte
electrolytic cell
a cell containing an electrolyte in which an applied voltage causes a reaction to occur that would not occur otherwise (such as the breakdown of water into hydrogen and oxygen)
a simple electrostatic generator that generates repeated charges of static electricity
feedback circuit, feedback loop
a circuit that feeds back some of the output to the input of a system
an electronic circuit that can assume either of two stable states
fuel cell
cell that produces electricity by oxidation of fuel (hydrogen and oxygen or zinc and air); often used in electric cars
full-wave rectifier
rectifier that converts the negative half wave of an alternating current into a positive half wave
high-pass filter
a filter that passes frequencies above a certain value and attenuates frequencies below that value
Leiden jar, Leyden jar
an electrostatic capacitor of historical interest
clipper, limiter
(electronics) a nonlinear electronic circuit whose output is limited in amplitude; used to limit the instantaneous amplitude of a waveform (to clip off the peaks of a waveform)
data link, link
an interconnecting circuit between two or more locations for the purpose of transmitting and receiving data
low-pass filter
a filter that passes frequencies below a certain value and attenuates frequencies above that value
transducer formed by the light-sensitive surface on a television camera tube
nondirectional antenna, omnidirectional antenna
an antenna that sends or receives signals equally in all directions
open circuit
an incomplete electrical circuit in which no current flows
electric eye, magic eye, photocell, photoconductive cell, photoelectric cell
a transducer used to detect and measure light and other radiations
plug fuse
a fuse with a thread that screws into a socket
potential divider, voltage divider
resistors connected in series across a voltage source; used to obtain a desired fraction of the voltage
pulse timing circuit
a circuit that times pulses
resonant circuit, resonator
an electrical circuit that combines capacitance and inductance in such a way that a periodic electric oscillation will reach maximum amplitude
rheostat, variable resistor
resistor for regulating current
series circuit
a circuit having its parts connected serially
photovoltaic cell, solar cell
a cell that converts solar energy into electrical energy
squelch, squelch circuit, squelcher
an electric circuit that cuts off a receiver when the signal becomes weaker than the noise
step-down transformer
a transformer that reduces voltage
step-up transformer
a transformer that increases voltage
secondary cell, storage cell
a cell that can be recharged
lightning arrester, spike arrester, spike suppressor, surge protector, surge suppressor
electrical device inserted in a power line to protect equipment from sudden fluctuations in current
tank circuit
an oscillatory circuit
phone jack, telephone jack
a jack for plugging in a telephone
phone plug, telephone plug
a plug for connecting a telephone
Tesla coil
a step-up transformer with an air core; used to produce high voltages at high frequencies
a circuit formed by two equal series circuits with a shunt between them
trimmer, trimming capacitor
capacitor having variable capacitance; used for making fine adjustments
voltage regulator
a transformer whose voltage ratio of transformation can be adjusted
galvanic battery, voltaic battery
battery consisting of a number of voltaic cells arranged in series or parallel
galvanic cell, primary cell, voltaic cell
an electric cell that generates an electromotive force by an irreversible conversion of chemical to electrical energy; cannot be recharged
galvanic pile, pile, voltaic pile
battery consisting of voltaic cells arranged in series; the earliest electric battery devised by Volta
a circuit of wires for the distribution of electricity
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an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

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