[ kuh-pas-i-ter ]
/ kəˈpæs ɪ tər /
a device for accumulating and holding a charge of electricity, consisting of two equally charged conducting surfaces having opposite signs and separated by a dielectric.
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Also called condenser.
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British Dictionary definitions for capacitor
/ (kəˈpæsɪtə) /
a device for accumulating electric charge, usually consisting of two conducting surfaces separated by a dielectricFormer name: condenser
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Scientific definitions for capacitor
[ kə-păs′ĭ-tər ]
An electrical device consisting of two conducting plates separated by an electrical insulator (the dielectric), designed to hold an electric charge. Charge builds up when a voltage is applied across the plates, creating an electric field between them. Current can flow through a capacitor only as the voltage across it is changing, not when it is constant. Capacitors are used in power supplies, amplifiers, signal processors, oscillators, and logic gates. Compare induction coil resistor.
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Cultural definitions for capacitor
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