electrical device

electrical devices

Definitions of electrical device
  1. noun
    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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