a device designed to introduce resistance into an electric circuit.
- resister, resistor
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How to use resistor in a sentence
The component in question is known as a memristor, a name that comes from a combination of memory and resistor.This ‘Quantum Memristor’ Could Enable Brain-Like Quantum Computers | Edd Gent | April 4, 2022 | Singularity Hub
This allows them to seamlessly switch between acting as resistors, memory capacitors, artificial neurons, and artificial synapses.New Chip Rewires Itself Like the Brain to Help AI Learn Continuously | Edd Gent | February 7, 2022 | Singularity Hub
In 1971, the electrical engineer Leon Chua theorized a fourth component he called the memristor, for “memory resistor.”
They also differ from ordinary resistors in that their resistance can change depending on the amount of voltage applied.
Only a quarter of Resistors strongly support the current lockdown measures, compared with three-quarters of the other two groups.Three Ways People Are Reacting To Coronavirus: ‘Accepting’, ‘Suffering’ And ‘Resisting’ | LGBTQ-Editor | May 1, 2020 | No Straight News
British Dictionary definitions for resistor
an electrical component designed to introduce a known value of resistance into a circuit
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Scientific definitions for resistor
A device used in electrical circuits to maintain a constant relation between current flow and voltage. Resistors are used to step up or lower the voltage at different points in a circuit and to transform a current signal into a voltage signal or vice versa, among other uses. The electrical behavior of a resistor obeys Ohm's law for a constant resistance; however, some resistors are sensitive to heat, light, or other variables.♦ Variable resistors, or rheostats, have a resistance that may be varied across a certain range, usually by means of a mechanical device that alters the position of one terminal of the resistor along a strip of resistant material. The length of the intervening material determines the resistance. Mechanical variable resistors are also called potentiometers, and are used in the volume knobs of audio equipment and in many other devices. Compare capacitor. See more at Ohm's law.
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