from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An electrostatic generator having oppositely rotating mica or glass disks with metal carriers on which charges are produced by induction, used chiefly as a demonstration apparatus.
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- n. electrical device that produces a high voltage by building up a charge of static electricity
After James Wimshurst (1832-1903), British engineer.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)