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noun Electronics.
  1. a cathode, in an electron tube (cold-cathode tube) or lamp, that emits electrons without having to be heated.
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Origin of cold cathode

First recorded in 1925–30
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cold cathode

noun
  1. electronics a cathode from which electrons are emitted at ambient temperature, due to a high potential gradient at the surface
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