[ ree-uh-stat ]
/ ˈri əˌstæt /
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.
Related formsrhe·o·stat·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rheostatic
The motors are controlled by rheostatic controllers, one for each motor.The New York Subway|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for rheostatic
/ (ˈriːəˌstæt) /
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 Formsrheostatic, adjective
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Science definitions for rheostatic
[ rē′ə-stăt′ ]
See under resistor.
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