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Faraday cage

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noun Physics.

an enclosure constructed of grounded wire mesh or parallel wires that shields sensitive electrical instruments from electrostatic interference.

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Also called Faraday shield .

Origin of Faraday cage

First recorded in 1915–20; named after M. Faraday
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British Dictionary definitions for Faraday cage

Faraday cage

noun

an earthed conducting cage or container used to protect electrical equipment against electric fields

Word Origin for Faraday cage

C20: named after Michael Faraday
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Scientific definitions for Faraday cage

Faraday cage

A container made of a conductor, such as wire mesh or metal plates, shielding what it encloses from external electric fields. Since the conductor is an equipotential, there are no potential differences inside the container. The metal hull of an aircraft acts as a faraday cage, protecting its occupants from lightning. Faraday cages are used to protect electronic equipment from such electrical interference as electromagnetic interference. Also called Faraday shield
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