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mercury switch

noun, Electricity.
1.
an especially quiet switch that opens and closes an electric circuit by shifting a vial containing a pool of mercury so as to cover or uncover the contacts.
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British Dictionary definitions for mercury switch

mercury switch

noun
1.
(electrical engineering) a switch in which a circuit is completed between two terminals by liquid mercury when the switch is tilted
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Contemporary definitions for mercury switch
noun

an electrical switch that opens and closes a circuit by shifting a vial of mercury to silently cover or uncover the contacts

Examples

The mercury switch is very useful for all sorts of applications, from water level sensing to mailbox open/closed.

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