One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A device for generating an electric charge by turning glass discs in opposite directions (now used mainly for demonstration purposes in schools).
- ‘The sectored type of Wimshurst machine is perhaps the most well-known of the traditional induction static machines.’
- ‘Operate the Wimshurst machine by turning the crank in a counter-clockwise direction.’
- ‘Otherwise the Wimshurst machine is used in many other demonstrations to supply electric charge.’
- ‘There are plenty of other plans for Wimshurst machines available which use more readily available materials.’
- ‘Some X-ray units used various forms of electrostatic generator at first, but as X-ray tubes became available capable of running at currents in the order of milliamps, rather than micro amps, the use of Wimshurst machines ceased.’
Late 19th century: named after James Wimshurst (1832–1903), English engineer.
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