- n. An early experimental electrical discharge tube by means of which cathode rays and X-rays were discovered.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Phys.) A vacuum tube in which the exhaustion is carried to a very high degree, with the production of a distinct class of effects; -- so called from W. Crookes who introduced it.
- n. the original gas-discharge cathode-ray tube
- After Sir William Crookes (1832–1919), British chemist and physicist, one of its inventors. (Wiktionary)
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