amplifier

[am-pluh-fahy-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that amplifies or enlarges.
2.
an electronic component or circuit for amplifying power, current, or voltage.

Origin:
1540–50; amplify + -er1

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amplifier (ˈæmplɪˌfaɪə)
 
n
1.  an electronic device used to increase the strength of the signal fed into it
2.  such a device used for the amplification of audio frequency signals in a radio, etc
3.  photog an additional lens for altering the focal length of a camera lens
4.  a person or thing that amplifies

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amplifier
1540s; see amplify. Electronic sense is from 1914; shortened form amp is from 1967.
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amplifier definition


In electronics, a device that takes a small electric signal and converts it into a large one. Amplifiers are used in stereo systems, electric guitars, and loudspeakers.

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Example sentences for amplifiers
Input and output variables electronic amplifiers use two variables current and voltage.
Nearly all amplifiers commercially available today are based on integrated circuits.
For the first few rehearsals he used vox and fender amplifiers.
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