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rheostat

[ ree-uh-stat ]
/ ˈri əˌstæt /
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noun Electricity.

an adjustable resistor so constructed that its resistance may be changed without opening the circuit in which it is connected, thereby controlling the current in the circuit.

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Origin of rheostat

First recorded in 1843; rheo- + -stat

OTHER WORDS FROM rheostat

rhe·o·stat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for rheostat

rheostat
/ (ˈriːəˌstæt) /

noun

a variable resistance, usually consisting of a coil of wire with a terminal at one end and a sliding contact that moves along the coil to tap off the current

Derived forms of rheostat

rheostatic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for rheostat

rheostat
[ rēə-stăt′ ]

See under resistor.
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