the tendency of an electric conductor or stream of charged particles to constrict, caused by the action of a magnetic field that is produced by a flow of electricity.
Origin of pinch effect
First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for pinch effect
the constriction of a beam of charged particles, caused by a force on each particle due to its motion in the magnetic field generated by the movement of the other particles
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