Definition of Zener in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈzēnər/
(in full Zener diode)


A form of semiconductor diode in which at a critical reverse voltage a large reverse current can flow.
Example sentences
  • When a MOS channel is formed by forward biasing the gate, a Zener tunnel current evolves with a steep turn-on characteristic.
  • It gets its juice from a Zener diode that conducts in the reverse direction when it reaches its breakdown voltage of 5.1 volts.
  • The experimenter had not brought with him the ‘translations’ of the numeric codes into the different Zener symbols.


1950s: named after Clarence M. Zener (1905–93), American physicist.

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Syllabification: Ze·ner

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