from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small electronic device containing a semiconductor and having at least three electrical contacts, used in a circuit as an amplifier, detector, or switch.
- n. A transistor radio.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a solid-state semiconductor device, with three terminals, which can be used for amplification, switching, voltage stabilization, signal modulation, and many other functions
- n. a transistor radio
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a component used in electronic devices consisting of three regions of at least two types of a semiconducting material, such as doped silicon, connected to each other and to three electrodes in a conducting path so as to modify the current or voltage in an electronic circuit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a semiconductor device capable of amplification
trans(fer) + (res)istor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Blend of transconductance (or transfer) and resistor (Wiktionary)