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Wimshurst machine


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.

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

  • 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)


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