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

  • noun A sealed enclosure, either highly evacuated or containing a controlled quantity of gas, in which electrons can be made sufficiently mobile to act as the principal carriers of current between at least one pair of electrodes.

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  • noun physics Any of several devices consisting of a sealed chamber, either evacuated or filled with gas at low pressure, in which an electric current flows between electrodes.

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  • noun electronic device consisting of a system of electrodes arranged in an evacuated glass or metal envelope


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