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Crookes dark space

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noun Physics.
  1. the dark space between the cathode glow and the negative glow in a vacuum tube, occurring when the pressure is low.

Origin of Crookes dark space

First recorded in 1890–95; after Sir W. Crookes
Also called Crookes space.
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Crookes space

noun
  1. a dark region near the cathode in some low-pressure gas-discharge tubesAlso called: Crookes dark space
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