Definitions

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

  • noun An electron tube used in early video cameras to capture images by scanning a photoactive mosaic inside the camera with a low-velocity electron beam. Unlike the earlier iconoscope, it could capture images in low light.

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  • noun TV camera tube.

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  • noun a now obsolete picture pickup tube in a television camera; electrons emitted from a photoemissive surface in proportion to the intensity of the incident light are focused onto the target causing secondary emission of electrons

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[orth(o)– + icon(oscope).]

Examples

  • Essentially, the orthicon was a pickup tube that used a low-velocity electron beam to scan a photoactive mosaic.

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  • Essentially, the orthicon was a pickup tube that used a low-velocity electron beam to scan a photoactive mosaic.

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  • Essentially, the orthicon was a pickup tube that used a low-velocity electron beam to scan a photoactive mosaic.

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  • Essentially, the orthicon was a pickup tube that used a low-velocity electron beam to scan a photoactive mosaic.

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  • Corporations also use other things to similar purposes, one famous example being the duel between Philo Farnsworth, the actual inventor of television more precisely, the orthicon tube, and David Sarnoff and RCA.

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  • Corporations also use other things to similar purposes, one famous example being the duel between Philo Farnsworth, the actual inventor of television more precisely, the orthicon tube, and David Sarnoff and RCA.

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  • The only way that Neil and Buzz could have improved the TV picture with the orthicon camera system was to move from the small antenna to the large S-band erectable antenna that was stored on the LM.

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  • Principally, weight and electrical power were the factors that required the much smaller black-and-white-image orthicon TV camera.

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  • The only way that Neil and Buzz could have improved the TV picture with the orthicon camera system was to move from the small antenna to the large S-band erectable antenna that was stored on the LM.

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  • Principally, weight and electrical power were the factors that required the much smaller black-and-white-image orthicon TV camera.

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