Definition of Wimshurst machine in English:

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Wimshurst machine

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).
Example sentences
  • 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.

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