Definition of Wimshurst machine in English:

Wimshurst machine

Line breaks: Wims|hurst ma|chine
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪmzhəːst/

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A device for generating an electric charge by turning glass discs in opposite directions (now used mainly for demonstration purposes in schools).


late 19th century: named after James Wimshurst (1832–1903), English engineer.

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