from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various solid crystalline substances, such as germanium or silicon, having electrical conductivity greater than insulators but less than good conductors, and used especially as a base material for computer chips and other electronic devices.
  • noun An integrated circuit or other electronic component containing a semiconductor as a base material.

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  • noun physics A substance with electrical properties intermediate between a good conductor and a good insulator.

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  • noun a conductor made with semiconducting material
  • noun a substance as germanium or silicon whose electrical conductivity is intermediate between that of a metal and an insulator; its conductivity increases with temperature and in the presence of impurities


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