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lightning arrester

noun
1.
a device for preventing damage to radio, telephonic, or other electric equipment from lightning or other high-voltage currents, using spark gaps to carry the current to the ground without passing through the device.
Also called arrester.
Origin of lightning arrester
1855-1860
1855-60
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  • Inspect for contact of lightning-arrester carbons: a piece of writing-paper should pass between them easily.

    The Gunner's Examiner Harold E. Cloke
British Dictionary definitions for lightning-arrester

lightning arrester

noun
1.
a device that protects electrical equipment, such as an aerial, from an excessive voltage resulting from a lightning discharge or other accidental electric surge, by discharging it to earth
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