Definitions of resistor
  1. noun
    an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current
    synonyms: resistance
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    ballast, ballast resistor, barretter
    a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes (as those arising from temperature fluctuations)
    potential divider, voltage divider
    resistors connected in series across a voltage source; used to obtain a desired fraction of the voltage
    rheostat, variable resistor
    resistor for regulating current
    a rheostat that varies the current through an electric light in order to control the level of illumination
    pot, potentiometer
    a resistor with three terminals, the third being an adjustable center terminal; used to adjust voltages in radios and TV sets
    type of:
    electrical device
    a device that produces or is powered by electricity
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