One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various devices used to build up an electric charge to an extreme potential in order to generate electricity, especially the Van de Graaf generator.
- ‘This Electrostatic Generator or Machine is a new device for high voltages very suitable for education.’
- ‘Here you can ride the high-wire cycle 20 feet above the ground, lift a car by using a giant lever, get a charge from an electrostatic generator and watch rats play basketball.’
- ‘Some scholars credit von Guericke with the first electrostatic generator.’
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