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-tron

1.
a combining form extracted from electron, used with nouns or combining forms, principally in the names of electron tubes (ignitron; klystron; magnetron) and of devices for accelerating subatomic particles (cosmotron; cyclotron); also, more generally, in the names of any kind of chamber or apparatus used in experiments (biotron).
Origin of -tron
by initial shortening of electron, with perhaps accidental allusion to the Gk instrumental suffix -tron, as in árotron plough
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British Dictionary definitions for tron

tron

/trɒn/
noun
1.
a public weighing machine
2.
the place where a tron is set up; marketplace
Word Origin
C15: from Old French trone, from Latin trutina, from Greek trutanē balance, set of scales

-tron

suffix
1.
indicating a vacuum tube: magnetron
2.
indicating an instrument for accelerating atomic or subatomic particles: synchrotron
Word Origin
from Greek, suffix indicating instrument
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Word Origin and History for tron

-tron

as a word-forming element in new compounds formed in physics, 1939, abstracted from electron (Greek -tron was an instrumentive suffix).

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tron in Technology

1. The Real-Time Operating System Nucleus.
2. (TRace ON) A command used when debugging programs written in early line-numbered BASIC that contained GOTO and GOSUB statements.
When the TRON command had been executed, the program ran with a window open indicating the line number being executed at that instant.
The TROFF (an abbreviation for "TRace OFF") command turned the tracing off.
(2003-02-02)

jargon
(NRL, CMU, probably from the film "Tron") To become inaccessible except via electronic mail or talk especially when one is normally available via telephone or in person.
Compare spod.
[Jargon File]
(1994-11-03)

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