mercury arc


noun Electricity.

a bluish-green electric arc that has passed through a mercury-vapor cathode.

Origin of mercury arc

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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mercury arc


  1. an electric discharge through ionized mercury vapour, producing a brilliant bluish-green light containing ultraviolet radiation
  2. (as modifier)a mercury-arc rectifier See also ignitron
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