from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A continuously variable electrical resistor used to regulate current.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An electrical resistor, with two terminals, whose resistance is continuously variable by moving a knob or slider.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A contrivance for adjusting or regulating the strength of electrical currents, operating usually by the intercalation of resistance which can be varied at will.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In electromagnetism, an instrument for regulating lating or adjusting a circuit so that any required degree of resistance may be maintained; a resistance-coil. See resistance, 3.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. resistor for regulating current
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