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triac

[trahy-ak] /ˈtraɪ æk/
noun, Electronics.
1.
a type of thyristor designed for electronic control of the current supplied to a circuit, used especially in dimmers for lighting systems.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; tri(ode) + A.C. alternating current
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  • With the use of a triac, the switching system is protected in order to provide long life.

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