Definition of thyristor in English:

thyristor

Line breaks: thy|ris¦tor
Pronunciation: /θʌɪˈrɪstə
 
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noun

Electronics
  • A four-layered semiconductor rectifier in which the flow of current between two electrodes is triggered by a signal at a third electrode.
    More example sentences
    • The thyristor is the device that's used in all wall dimmer switches.
    • The company offers a broad range of thyristor products that are used in a variety of applications.
    • There is a need for two conditions to be present simultaneously to turn on the thyristor.

Origin

1950s: blend of thyratron, denoting a kind of thermionic valve (from Greek thura 'gate') and transistor.

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