Definition of transistor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//trænˈzɪstə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈzɪstər//
    ; BrE BrE//trænˈsɪstə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//trænˈsɪstər//
    Electronics, Radio technology
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  1. 1a small electronic device used in computers, radios, televisions, etc. for controlling an electric current as it passes along a circuit See related entries: Electronics, Radio technology
  2. 2(also transistor radio) (informal tranny especially in British English) a small radio with transistors See related entries: Radio technology
  3. Word Origin1940s: from transconductance, on the pattern of words such as varistor.
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