Definition of krytron in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrʌɪtrɒn/


A high-speed solid-state switching device which is triggered by a pulse of coherent light and is used in the triggers of nuclear devices.
Example sentences
  • No special licenses had been granted by the U.S. for the export of krytrons in its possession.
  • It returned the krytrons to the United States and claimed they were not intended for a nuclear use.
  • It returned 469 of the krytrons but the rest, they declared, had been destroyed in testing conventional weapons.


Late 20th century: first element of obscure derivation + -tron.

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