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Wheatstone bridge

or Wheatstone's bridge

noun, Electricity
1.
a circuit for measuring an unknown resistance by comparing it with known resistances.
Compare bridge1 (def 9), null method.
Origin of Wheatstone bridge
1870-1875
1870-75; named after C. Wheatstone
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  • At Station A there is shown the talking apparatus employing the Wheatstone bridge arrangement.

  • To do this we use an instrument called the Wheatstone bridge.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Measurement of resistance: (a) volt-ammeter method, (b) Wheatstone bridge method.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • The principle upon which the device operates is that of the Wheatstone bridge.

British Dictionary definitions for Wheatstone bridge

Wheatstone bridge

/ˈwiːtstən/
noun
1.
a device for determining the value of an unknown resistance by comparison with a known standard resistance
Word Origin
C19: named after Sir Charles Wheatstone (1802–75), British physicist and inventor
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