a resistor or series of resistors connected to a voltage source and used to provide voltages that are fractions of that of the source.
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Origin of voltage divider
First recorded in 1920–25
Also called potential divider, potentiometer.
Definition for potential divider (2 of 2)
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British Dictionary definitions for potential divider (1 of 2)
another name for a potential divider
British Dictionary definitions for potential divider (2 of 2)
a tapped or variable resistor or a chain of fixed resistors in series, connected across a source of voltage and used to obtain a desired fraction of the total voltageAlso called: voltage divider
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Science definitions for potential divider
A set of two or more resistors connected in series between an applied voltage, so that the voltage at points between the resistors is a fixed fraction of the applied voltage. Voltage dividers are common in the power supplies of devices such as amplifiers, in which different subcomponents require different voltage levels for their own power supplies.
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