Definition of thermionic valve in English:

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thermionic valve

(US thermionic tube)


A device giving a flow of thermionic electrons in one direction, used especially in the rectification of a current and in radio reception.
Example sentences
  • It's rather odd therefore that even though we ditched thermionic valves for transistors and integrated circuits many years ago, the cathode ray tube has remained the most cost-effective display system.
  • The speaker or singer uses a microphone feeding into the above-mentioned amplifier, which incorporates vacuum tubes (thermionic valves).
  • The basic thermionic tube with three electrodes is called a triode in view of the number of electrodes.
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