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adjective Electronics.
  1. designating or pertaining to electronic devices, as transistors or crystals, that can control current without the use of moving parts, heated filaments, or vacuum gaps.
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Origin of solid-state

First recorded in 1965–70
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Examples from the Web for solid-state

Historical Examples

  • I don't mean just in solid-state physics, but in science as a whole.

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    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • M1537, which handled a switching operation too potent for a solid-state switch.

British Dictionary definitions for solid-state


  1. (modifier) (of an electronic device) activated by a semiconductor component in which current flow is through solid material rather than in a vacuum
  2. (modifier) of, concerned with, characteristic of, or consisting of solid matter
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