barretter

[bar-et-er, buh-ret-]
noun Electronics.
a form of detector or control device employing a resistor that varies in proportion to its temperature.

Origin:
1900–05; of uncertain origin; supposed connection with barrator is unclear

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barretter

noun
a resistor inserted into a circuit to compensate for changes (as those arising from temperature fluctuations) [syn: ballast resistor
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The bolometer element may be a thermistor or a barretter.
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