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ˈsɛm i kənˌdʌk tər, ˈsɛm aɪ-semi·con·duc·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. semiconductor, semiconducting materialnoun

    a substance as germanium or silicon whose electrical conductivity is intermediate between that of a metal and an insulator; its conductivity increases with temperature and in the presence of impurities

  2. semiconductor device, semiconductor unit, semiconductornoun

    a conductor made with semiconducting material


  1. semiconductornoun

    A substance with electrical properties intermediate between a good conductor and a good insulator.


  1. Semiconductor

    A semiconductor is a material which has electrical conductivity between that of a conductor such as copper and that of an insulator such as glass. Semiconductors are the foundation of modern electronics, including transistors, solar cells, light-emitting diodes, quantum dots and digital and analog integrated circuits. The modern understanding of the properties of a semiconductor relies on quantum physics to explain the movement of electrons inside a lattice of atoms. The increasing understanding of semiconductor materials and fabrication processes has made possible continuing increases in the complexity and speed of semiconductor devices, an effect known as Moore's Law. The conductivity of a semiconductor material increases with increasing temperature, behaviour opposite to that of a metal. Semiconductors can display a range of useful properties such as passing current more easily in one direction than the other, variable resistance, and sensitivity to light or heat. Because the conductive properties of a semiconductor material can be modified by controlled addition of impurities or by the application of electrical fields or light, devices made with semiconductors are very useful for amplification of signals, switching, and energy conversion.

Editors Contribution

  1. semiconductor

    Is a type of material that can conduct electricity.

    Semiconductors are used in a wide variety of electronic equipment and integrated circuits.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 23, 2016  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of semiconductor in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of semiconductor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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    If you look at some leading indicators such as the U.S. semiconductor book-to-bill ratio, I think there is some potential for the electronics sector to continue to cushion some of the other more sluggish sectors, given that a lot of the world demand is still pretty sluggish, there will be some pockets of growth in some sectors but I don't see a broad-based recovery... It'll be at best I guess stabilisation.

  2. Edison Lee:

    These broad restrictions on commercial chip sales will bring significant disruption to the Edison Lee semiconductor industry.

  3. Alex Holmes:

    Virus disruptions add to the list of headwinds for the region’s producers, including semiconductor shortages and high shipping costs.

  4. John Neuffer:

    We applaud President Trump's tweets supporting U.S. companies being able to sell products to China and opposing proposed regulations that would unduly curtail that ability, as we have discussed with the administration, sales of non-sensitive, commercial products to China drive semiconductor research and innovation, which is critical to America's economic strength and national security.

  5. General Motors:

    These most recent scheduling adjustments are being driven by temporary parts shortages caused by semiconductor supply constraints from international markets experiencing Covid-19-related restrictions, we expect it to be a near-term issue.

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