What does Capacitor mean?

Definitions for Capacitorkəˈpæs ɪ tər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. capacitor, capacitance, condenser, electrical condenser(noun)

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


  1. capacitor(n.)

    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.


  1. capacitor(Noun)

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


  1. Capacitor

    A capacitor is a passive two-terminal electrical component used to store energy electrostatically in an electric field. By contrast, batteries store energy via chemical reactions. The forms of practical capacitors vary widely, but all contain at least two electrical conductors separated by a dielectric; for example, one common construction consists of metal foils separated by a thin layer of insulating film. Capacitors are widely used as parts of electrical circuits in many common electrical devices. When there is a potential difference across the conductors, a static electric field develops across the dielectric, causing positive charge to collect on one plate and negative charge on the other plate. Energy is stored in the electrostatic field. An ideal capacitor is characterized by a single constant value, capacitance. This is the ratio of the electric charge on each conductor to the potential difference between them. The SI unit of capacitance is the farad, which is equal to one coulomb per volt. The capacitance is greatest when there is a narrow separation between large areas of conductor, hence capacitor conductors are often called plates, referring to an early means of construction. In practice, the dielectric between the plates passes a small amount of leakage current and also has an electric field strength limit, the breakdown voltage. The conductors and leads introduce an undesired inductance and resistance.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Capacitor in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Capacitor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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