- a combining form extracted from electron, used with nouns or combining forms, principally in the names of electron tubes (ignitron; klystron; magnetron) and of devices for accelerating subatomic particles (cosmotron; cyclotron); also, more generally, in the names of any kind of chamber or apparatus used in experiments (biotron).
Origin of -tron
by initial shortening of electron, with perhaps accidental allusion to the Gk instrumental suffix -tron, as in árotron plough
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Examples from the Web for tron
One episode, the Christmas one, we all pigged out like crazy and went to see Tron: Legacy right after, and we all stunk horribly.Epic Meal Time Creators on Their Future Plans
March 18, 2011
Alan instructs Tron on the final leg of the mission: Destroy the MCP.
With some maneuvering, he and Tron take over the MCP and kill Sark, proving they're the most badass guys in the mainframe.
Tron finds the MCP, which for such a formidable foe, turns out to be a mean cartoon-animated face.
En route, Tron encounters the MCP's henchman, Sark, and the two battle it out cyberstyle.
When we got to the top of the street, and turned north, we espied a crowd at the Tron Church.Spare Hours
As minister of the Tron Church, Glasgow , he obtained a great reputation.Sixty Years a Queen
Sir Herbert Maxwell
It was formerly the custom to allow a margin to buyers at the Tron.The Story of London
Henry B. Wheatley
Long ere the bell began to toll, a stream of people might be seen pouring through the passage which led into the Tron Church.
Mme. Tron replied that I was making far too much fuss about nothing, and that my comedy had passed beyond my control.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi
Count Carlo Gozzi
- a public weighing machine
- the place where a tron is set up; marketplace
C15: from Old French trone, from Latin trutina, from Greek trutanē balance, set of scales
- indicating a vacuum tubemagnetron
- indicating an instrument for accelerating atomic or subatomic particlessynchrotron
from Greek, suffix indicating instrument
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Word Origin and History for tron
as a word-forming element in new compounds formed in physics, 1939, abstracted from electron (Greek -tron was an instrumentive suffix).
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