charge-coupled device

[ chahrj-kuhp-uhld ]
/ ˈtʃɑrdʒˌkʌp əld /

noun Electronics.

a semiconductor chip with a grid of light-sensitive elements, used for converting light images, as in a television camera, into electrical signals. Abbreviation: CCD

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Origin of charge-coupled device

First recorded in 1970–75
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British Dictionary definitions for charge-coupled device

charge-coupled device

noun

computing an electronic device, used in imaging and signal processing, in which information is represented as packets of electric charge that are stored in an array of tiny closely spaced capacitors and can be moved from one capacitor to another in a controlled wayAbbreviation: CCD
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Scientific definitions for charge-coupled device

charge-coupled device

A device made up of semiconductors arranged in such a way that the electric charge output of one semiconductor charges an adjacent one.
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