voltage divider

noun Electricity.
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.


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voltage divider
another name for a potential divider

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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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