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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tran•sis•tortrænˈzɪs tər(n.)

  1. a compact solid-state device consisting of a semiconductor with three or more electrodes: performs the primary functions of an electron tube, as amplification, switching, and detection, but uses less power.

    Category: Electronics

  2. Also called transis′tor ra′dio. a transistorized radio.

    Category: Radio and Television, Informal

Origin of transistor:

1945–50; trans (fer ) + (res )istor

Princeton's WordNet

  1. transistor, junction transistor, electronic transistor(noun)

    a semiconductor device capable of amplification


  1. transistor(Noun)

    a solid-state semiconductor device, with three terminals, which can be used for amplification, switching, voltage stabilization, signal modulation, and many other functions

  2. transistor(Noun)

    a transistor radio

  3. Origin: Blend of transconductance (or transfer) and resistor


  1. Transistor

    A transistor is a semiconductor device used to amplify and switch electronic signals and electrical power. It is composed of semiconductor material with at least three terminals for connection to an external circuit. A voltage or current applied to one pair of the transistor's terminals changes the current through another pair of terminals. Because the controlled power can be higher than the controlling power, a transistor can amplify a signal. Today, some transistors are packaged individually, but many more are found embedded in integrated circuits. The transistor is the fundamental building block of modern electronic devices, and is ubiquitous in modern electronic systems. Following its development in the early 1950s, the transistor revolutionized the field of electronics, and paved the way for smaller and cheaper radios, calculators, and computers, among other things.

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a small electronic device that controls the flow of an electric current.

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