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servo

[sur-voh] /ˈsɜr voʊ/
adjective
1.
acting as part of a servomechanism:
servo amplifier.
2.
pertaining to or having to do with servomechanisms:
servo engineer.
3.
noting the action of certain mechanisms, as brakes, that are set in operation by other mechanisms but which themselves augment the force of that action by the way in which they operate.
noun, plural servos.
4.
Informal. servomechanism.
verb (used with object), servoed, servoing.
5.
to connect (a mechanism) to another as a servomechanism.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; independent use of servo-, taken as an adj., or shortening of words formed with it

servo-

1.
a combining form used in the names of devices or operations that employ a servomechanism:
servocontrol.
Origin
extracted from servomotor
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  • When a sensor got a positive signal, a variable flipped, enabling that control routine of the servo.
  • He speculated with doctors about how servo mechanisms might be used to link the brain to an artificial limb.
  • Using multiple redundant servo-based control mechanisms is much more simple.
  • Two of them are miniature servo-operated mechanical arms armed with tiny holding, cutting, and suction devices.
  • Unlike a hydraulic servo, the electric booster doesn't use engine power, resulting in slightly better fuel economy.
  • The right lateral main rotor hydraulic servo and the flared housing attachment lug were consumed in the postimpact fire.
  • All industrial robots are either servo or non-servo controlled.
British Dictionary definitions for servo

servo1

/ˈsɜːvəʊ/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) of, relating to, forming part of, or activated by a servomechanism: servo brakes
noun (pl) -vos
2.
(informal) short for servomechanism
Word Origin
see servomotor

servo2

/ˈsɜːvəʊ/
noun (pl) -vos
1.
(Austral, informal) a service station
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Word Origin and History for servo

1910, from servo-motor (1889), from French servo-moteur (1873), ultimately from Latin servus "slave" (see serve (v.)) + motor "mover" (see motor (n.)).

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Related Abbreviations for servo

servo

  1. servomechanism
  2. servomotor
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