Definition of solenoid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɒlənɔɪd/
Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊlənɔɪd/


A cylindrical coil of wire acting as a magnet when carrying electric current.
Example sentences
  • In addition to motors, components such as transformers, solenoids, and large capacitors also create high currents upon start-up.
  • Please be careful if you try placing a magnet in your solenoid, as the magnet can shoot out.
  • The starter solenoid is essentially a large electronic switch that can handle that much current.



Pronunciation: /sɒləˈnɔɪd(ə)l/ Pronunciation: /səʊləˈnɔɪd(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • The STAR detector is a large volume, gas-filled detector to record charged particle tracks in a solenoidal magnetic field.
  • The various solenoidal, zig-zag and crossed-linker structures - all of which are assumed to have straight linkers - appear as ‘points’ in this phase diagram.
  • The best agreement was found for the zig-zag model, whereas a solenoidal arrangement of nucleosomes gave fragment distributions that deviated considerably from their experiment.


Early 19th century: from French solénoïde, from Greek sōlēn 'channel, pipe'.

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