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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The unit of capacitance in the meter-kilogram-second system equal to the capacitance of a capacitor having an equal and opposite charge of 1 coulomb on each plate and a potential difference of 1 volt between the plates. See Table at measurement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In the International System of Units, the derived unit of electrical capacitance; the capacitance of a capacitor in which one coulomb of charge causes a potential difference of one volt across the capacitor. Symbol: F

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The standard unit of electrical capacity; the capacity of a condenser whose charge, having an electro-motive force of one volt, is equal to the amount of electricity which, with the same electromotive force, passes through one ohm in one second; the capacity, which, charged with one coulomb, gives an electro-motive force of one volt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The electromagnetic unit of capacity of electricity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the capacitance of a capacitor that has an equal and opposite charge of 1 coulomb on each plate and a voltage difference of 1 volt between the plates

Etymologies

After Michael Faraday.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after the English physicist Michael Faraday. (Wiktionary)

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