Meaning of transistor in English:

transistor

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noun

  • 1A semiconductor device with three connections, capable of amplification in addition to rectification.

    ‘For comparison, the gate length of the smallest silicon transistors is about 20 nanometers.’
    • ‘A gate voltage of output driving MOS transistor is adjusted through a negative feedback circuit.’
    • ‘The display pixel electrodes are connected to source electrodes of said thin film transistors in one-to-one correspondence.’
    • ‘The gate bus lines are connected to gate electrodes of the thin film transistors on each row in one-to-one correspondence.’
    • ‘An integrated circuit contains a planar first transistor and a diode.’
    • ‘The field effect transistor includes a gate over a silicon substrate.’
    • ‘A field effect transistor utilizes an oxide film to obtain satisfactory performance characteristics and ease of manufacture.’
    • ‘The top-down approach is typified by the manufacture of transistors on computer chips.’
    • ‘When I was in grad school, getting 100 transistors on a chip was a big deal.’
    • ‘Why do we count the increasing millions of transistors on a chip, instead of counting the chips?’
    • ‘In 1958 a single silicon transistor sold for about $10.’
    • ‘Each pixel in the display is controlled by its own silicon-based transistor.’
    • ‘Applying voltage to the transistor gates frees the charges for readout.’
    • ‘Are there any biochemical equivalents to transistor gates?’
    • ‘They also dissipate far less heat than today's transistors.’
    • ‘A pull-down transistor has a control electrode and a pair of controlled electrodes.’
    • ‘The microprocessors at the heart of computers employ sets of tiny transistors in silicon chips to represent information.’
    • ‘By the mid-1960's, the microchip was replacing the transistor.’
    • ‘The trend in microprocessor design has been to use more transistors in each generation.’
    • ‘Computer designers, constantly packing more transistors into tiny spaces, are coming up against a physical boundary.’
    • ‘Lower resistance means that transistors switch states faster and that makes chips compute quicker.’
    1. 1.1A portable radio using circuits containing transistors rather than valves.
      ‘The phone has two side speakers rather than one, so songs played through it do sound pretty decent - much like a portable transistor radio.’
      • ‘My first memories of listening to the John Peel show was in bed, under the covers, with my little transistor radio tuned to BBC Radio 1 in 1977.’
      • ‘The portable transistor radio was on every American beach.’
      • ‘I could hold that mic up to my transistor radio's speaker and record songs onto tape.’
      • ‘It's a handheld device, vaguely reminiscent of a transistor radio from yesteryear.’
      • ‘The introduction of FM radio broadcasts, the invention of the transistor radio, and the move to colour television increased the consumption of media products in the 1970s.’
      • ‘I'd just been given a transistor radio, and I'd found Radio One.’
      • ‘She kept a small transistor radio tuned to a lite-rock station, the only sound besides the humming of the drink cases.’
      • ‘Anywhere in the crowd it was possible to tune a transistor radio to a translation in the language of your choice.’
      • ‘More than television, in its infancy a socializing machine that involved the whole family, the transistor radio helped define boomers as a separate (even secessionist) generation.’
      • ‘Many of them are sold for a pittance though, some of the jewels are worth tens of thousands of pounds and the farmers get enough for a transistor radio.’
      • ‘Water sells for a high premium, electricity is a memory, and a transistor radio is the only contact to anyone else outside their temporary shelter.’
      • ‘These include a transistor radio, which was well known as the president's favorite mode of communicating propaganda, and the Soviet hammer and sickle.’
      • ‘‘The transistor radio is in my room, Dad,’ Todd added before being asked.’
      • ‘I have seen it put forward that the people responsible for this ‘no silence at all’ mentality are those who when children walked around with a transistor radio glued to their ears.’
      • ‘He liked to spread out, play his transistor radio (which he kept in a desk drawer), smoke dope, and in general hang loose while he worked.’
      • ‘We sat there smoking, talking and listening to the tiny transistor radio.’
      • ‘The shoemaker himself was there as well, listening to his little transistor radio.’
      • ‘Among young people there is a great demand for cassette players and transistor radios.’
      • ‘Tiny transistor sets with FM facility disappeared with astonishing speed from the shelves of duty paid shops.’

Pronunciation

transistor

/tranˈzɪstə/ /trɑːnˈzɪstə/ /tranˈsɪstə/

Origin

1940s from transconductance, on the pattern of words such as varistor.