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[uh-ten-yoo-ey-ter] /əˈtɛn yuˌeɪ tər/
noun, Electronics.
a device for decreasing the amplitude of an electronic signal.
Origin of attenuator
1920-25; attenuate + -or2 Unabridged
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  • Each attenuator shall be complete and contain all external and internal parts necessary to give satisfactory service.
  • In the figure a sheet at the top of the attenuator is represented.
  • The thrust attenuator paddles are attached to the aft fuselage.
  • The nose of the impact attenuator must also be highly visible to approaching traffic for all lighting and weather conditions.
  • The attenuator shall also provide maximum energy transmission for high energy applications.
British Dictionary definitions for attenuator


(physics) any device designed to reduce the power of a wave or electrical signal without distorting it
a person or thing that attenuates
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