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transistor Syllabification: tran·sis·tor
Pronunciation: /tranˈzistər/

Definition of transistor in English:


1A semiconductor device with three connections, capable of amplification in addition to rectification.
Example sentences
  • For comparison, the gate length of the smallest silicon transistors is about 20 nanometers.
  • A gate voltage of output driving MOS transistor is adjusted through a negative feedback circuit.
  • The display pixel electrodes are connected to source electrodes of said thin film transistors in one-to-one correspondence.
1.1 (also transistor radio) A portable radio using circuits containing transistors rather than vacuum tubes.
Example sentences
  • The phone has two side speakers rather than one, so songs played through it do sound pretty decent - much like a portable transistor radio.
  • My first memories of listening to the John Peel show was in bed, under the covers, with my little transistor radio tuned to BBC Radio 1 in 1977.
  • The portable transistor radio was on every American beach.


1940s: from transconductance, on the pattern of words such as varistor.

  • Transistor was formed by blending transfer and resistor.

Words that rhyme with transistor

assister, ballista, bistre (US bister), blister, enlister, glister, lister, mister, resistor, Sandinista, sister, tryster, twister, vista

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