capacitor

[kuh-pas-i-ter]
noun Electricity.
a device for accumulating and holding a charge of electricity, consisting of two equally charged conducting surfaces having opposite signs and separated by a dielectric.
Also called condenser.


Origin:
1925–30; capacit(y) + -or2

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capacitor (kəˈpæsɪtə)
 
n
Former name: condenser a device for accumulating electric charge, usually consisting of two conducting surfaces separated by a dielectric

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capacitor
"device which stores electricity," 1926, from capacity (q.v.).
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An electrical device consisting of two conducting plates separated by an electrical insulator (the dielectric), designed to hold an electric charge. Charge builds up when a voltage is applied across the plates, creating an electric field between them. current can flow through a capacitor only as the voltage across it is changing, not when it is constant. Capacitors are used in power supplies, amplifiers, signal processors, oscillators, and logic gates. Compare induction coil, resistor.

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capacitor [(kuh-pas-i-tuhr)]

A device used in electrical circuits. The capacitor stores an electrical charge for short periods of time, and then returns it to the circuit.

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Example sentences for capacitors
Lc coupled amplifier, using a network of inductors and capacitors.
The capacitors were of a special design, small with high insulation.
These capacitors consisted of plates in oil that were movable.
The ends of the primaries not connected with the capacitors are led to a spark
  gap.
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