American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An electrode that is the target in a cathode-ray tube, especially in an x-ray tube.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The plate, often of platinum, placed opposite the cathode in a vacuum-tube, on which the cathode rays, or streams of electrified particles, impinge and thus produce the Röntgen rays.
- n. The opposite of a cathode, an anode.
- n. The target at which electrons from the cathode in a CRT or x-ray tube are directed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Phys.) The part of a vacuum tube opposite the cathode. Upon it the cathode rays impinge.
“X-ray tube, oscillatory sparks being excluded; and thus the anticathode is brought to send an X-radiation of extremely short duration through the gas before the lenses of a stereoscopic camera.”
“The rays falling on the crystal were produced by X-ray tubes, platinum being at first used for the anticathode.”
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