Origin of cathode
Examples from the Web for cathode
Historical Examples of cathode
The cathode is preferably formed of the same metal which is to be obtained.
To the anode he attached one of the negatives, to the cathode a small piece of iron.
Waving away that orange gas, he reached for the cathode and held it up.
The cathode as shown in Fig. 41 is rather smaller than is advantageous.
The phenomenon is particularly marked at the edges and corners of the cathode.
Word Origin for cathode
1834, from Latinized form of Greek kathodos "a way down," from kata- "down" (see cata-) + hodos "way" (see cede). Proposed by the Rev. William Whewell (1794-1866), English polymath, and published by English chemist and physicist Michael Faraday (1791-1867). So called from the path the electric current was supposed to take. Related: Cathodic; cathodal. Cathode ray first attested 1880, but the phenomenon known from 1859; cathode ray tube is from 1905.