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pinch effect

noun, Physics.
the tendency of an electric conductor or stream of charged particles to constrict, caused by the action of a magnetic field that is produced by a flow of electricity.
Origin of pinch effect
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • As a power engineer, you should be acquainted with the ‘pinch effect,’ eh?

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
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pinch effect

the constriction of a beam of charged particles, caused by a force on each particle due to its motion in the magnetic field generated by the movement of the other particles
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