- a vacuum tube having five electrodes, usually a plate, three grids, and a cathode, within the same envelope.
Origin of pentode
1915–20; pent- + -ode2
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- an electronic valve having five electrodes: a cathode, anode, and three grids
- (modifier) (of a transistor) having three terminals at the base or gate
C20: from penta- + Greek hodos way
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- Any electron tube with the basic structure and functionality of a triode, but including two extra electrodes, a screen and a suppressor grid. The screen helps the tube respond well at high frequencies (as in a tetrode), while a negatively charged suppressor grid adjacent to the plate prevents secondary emission of electrons from the plate, increasing the efficiency of the tube. See more at suppressor.
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