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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An electric circuit element used to store charge temporarily, consisting in general of two metallic plates separated and insulated from each other by a dielectric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a device used in electronic circuits to hold electrical charge, consisting of two conducting plates separated by a nonconducting (dielectric) medium; it is characterized by its capacitance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun electronics An electronic component capable of storing an electric charge; especially one consisting of two conductors separated by a dielectric.

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

  • noun an electrical device characterized by its capacity to store an electric charge

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