Definition of capacitor in US English:



  • A device used to store an electric charge, consisting of one or more pairs of conductors separated by an insulator.

    • ‘The devices use two external polarised electrolytic capacitors that can also be reconfigured to double the supply voltage.’
    • ‘Once the decision is made to administer a shock, the high voltage capacitor is charged by the high voltage capacitor and the power source.’
    • ‘A capacitor stores electrons in the same way, and can then release them later.’
    • ‘An electrical charge stored in the capacitor is one bit of memory information.’
    • ‘Morgan and its partners plan to solve this problem using powerful capacitors, devices which store electricity and then release it rapidly.’