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potential divider

noun, Electricity

voltage divider

noun, Electricity
1.
a resistor or series of resistors connected to a voltage source and used to provide voltages that are fractions of that of the source.
Also called potential divider, potentiometer.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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British Dictionary definitions for potential-divider

voltage divider

noun
1.
another name for a potential divider

potential divider

noun
1.
a tapped or variable resistor or a chain of fixed resistors in series, connected across a source of voltage and used to obtain a desired fraction of the total voltage Also called voltage divider
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potential-divider in Science
voltage divider  
A set of two or more resistors connected in series between an applied voltage, so that the voltage at points between the resistors is a fixed fraction of the applied voltage. Voltage dividers are common in the power supplies of devices such as amplifiers, in which different subcomponents require different voltage levels for their own power supplies.
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