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A four-layered semiconductor rectifier in which the flow of current between two electrodes is triggered by a signal at a third electrode.
- ‘If the thyristor is used with an ac supply then it will conduct on the positive half cycles and automatically switch off during the negative half cycles.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Thyristor phase control leads to additional energy losses and heating in the motor and this should be taken into account when selecting the power rating.’
- ‘The thyristor is the device that's used in all wall dimmer switches.’
1950s: blend of thyratron, denoting a kind of thermionic valve (from Greek thura ‘gate’) and transistor.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.