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varistor

[va-ris-ter, vuh-] /væˈrɪs tər, və-/
noun, Electricity
1.
a resistor whose resistance automatically varies in proportion to the voltage of the current through it.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; var(iable) + (res)istor
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  • The electronics of the transient protectors shall utilize a metal oxide varistor for each pole.
  • varistor substrate with surface conduction between runs.
British Dictionary definitions for varistor

varistor

/vəˈrɪstə/
noun
1.
a two-electrode semiconductor device having a voltage-dependent nonlinear resistance Compare varactor
Word Origin
C20: a blend of variable resistor
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