farad

[far-uhd, -ad]
noun Electricity.
the standard unit of capacitance in the International System of Units (SI), formally defined to be the capacitance of a capacitor between the plates of which there appears a potential difference of one volt when it is charged by a quantity of electricity equal to one coulomb. Symbol: F

Origin:
1860–65; named after M. Faraday

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farad (ˈfærəd, -æd)
 
n
physics F the derived SI unit of electric capacitance; the capacitance of a capacitor between the plates of which a potential of 1 volt is created by a charge of 1 coulomb
 
[C19: named after Michael Faraday]

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farad
unit of electric capacity, suggested 1861, first used 1868, named for Eng. physicist Michael Faraday (1791-1867).
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farad far·ad (fār'əd, -ād')
n.
The unit of capacitance in the meter-kilogram-second system equal to the capacitance of a capacitor having a charge of 1 coulomb when a potential difference of 1 volt is applied.

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farad   (fār'əd)  Pronunciation Key 
The SI derived unit used to measure electric capacitance. A capacitor in which a stored charge of one coulomb provides an electric potential difference of one volt across its plates has a capacitance of one farad.
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Fundamental electrical parameters shunt capacitance per unit length, in farads per metre.
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