cathode rays

cathode ray

noun
a flow of electrons emanating from a cathode in a vacuum tube and focused into a narrow beam.

Origin:
1875–80

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cathode rays
 
pl n
a stream of electrons emitted from the surface of a cathode in a valve

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cathode ray cath·ode ray (kāth'ōd')
n.

  1. A stream of electrons emitted by the cathode in electrical discharge tubes.

  2. One of the electrons that is emitted in a stream from a cathode-ray tube.

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cathode ray  
A beam of electrons streaming from the negatively charged end of a vacuum tube (the cathode) toward a positively charged plate (the anode).
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