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discharge tube

noun Electronics.
  1. gas tube.
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Origin of discharge tube

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Historical Examples

  • This is regulated by nipping the discharge-tube with the spring clothes pin supplied for the purpose.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 358, November 11, 1882

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for discharge tube

discharge tube

noun
  1. electronics an electrical device in which current flow is by electrons and ions in an ionized gas, as in a fluorescent light or neon tube
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discharge tube in Science

discharge tube

  1. A closed vessel having electrodes at either end and containing a gas at low pressure. When a sufficient voltage is applied to the electrodes, an electric current flows through the gas. Discharge tubes can be used to prevent current flow below a certain voltage; they can also function as lamps by the use of ionizing gas, which glows when current flows through the tube.
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