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cat whisker

noun
1.
Radio. a stiff wire forming one contact in a crystal detector and used for probing the crystal.
2.
Electronics. any wire for making contact with a semiconductor.
Also, cat's whisker.
Also called whisker.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15

cat's whisker

noun
Origin
1910-15
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British Dictionary definitions for cat whisker

cat's whisker

noun
1.
a pointed wire used to make contact with the crystal in a crystal radio receiver
2.
any wire used to make contact with a semiconductor
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