A device for generating an electric charge by turning glass discs in opposite directions (now used mainly for demonstration purposes in schools).
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- Otherwise the Wimshurst machine is used in many other demonstrations to supply electric charge.
- There are plenty of other plans for Wimshurst machines available which use more readily available materials.
- The sectored type of Wimshurst machine is perhaps the most well-known of the traditional induction static machines.
late 19th century: named after James Wimshurst (1832–1903), English engineer.