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[mag-ni-tron] /ˈmæg nɪˌtrɒn/
noun, Electronics.
a two-element vacuum tube in which the flow of electrons is under the influence of an external magnetic field, used to generate extremely short radio waves.
Origin of magnetron
1920-25; magne(to)- + -tron Unabridged
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Examples from the web for magnetron
  • His laboratory produced the magnetron, an invention that greatly improved the efficiency of radar.
  • Thus, things turn full circle, for the original microwave oven was based on the magnetron from a military radar.
  • The frequency offset curve shows that initial magnetron thermal drift ends with frequency lock.
  • The air from the magnetron cooling will then be re-directed to the exterior.
  • The microwave oven occurred to an experimenter when a chocolate bar melted in his pocket while he was working with a magnetron.
  • In general, there are three different methods for stabilizing the magnetron frequency and phase.
  • Tests on a dummy load showed the modulation was created by the magnetron itself.
  • The new coating tool is based on the magnetron sputtering method widely used for thin-film deposition.
  • The coaxial magnetron spectrum seems to be an improvement relative to the conventional magnetron.
  • The kiosk is powered from underneath and the body houses the power supply and magnetron.
British Dictionary definitions for magnetron


an electronic valve with two coaxial electrodes used with an applied magnetic field to generate high-power microwave oscillations, esp for use in radar
Word Origin
C20: from magnet + electron
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magnetron in Science
An electron tube that produces coherent microwave radiation. Magnetrons are diodes in which the electrons traveling to the anode are set in spiraling paths by a magnetic field created by permanent magnets. The circular component of the electrons' motion causes microwave-frequency oscillations in the voltage induced in resonating cavities built into the anode, which is connected to an antenna that emits the microwaves. Magnetrons are used in radar and in microwave ovens.
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