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noun Electricity.

a space between two electrodes, across which a discharge of electricity may take place.
the electrodes and the space between, considered as a unit: used in ignition systems.

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Origin of spark gap

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for spark gap

spark gap

noun

the space between two electrodes across which a spark can jumpSometimes shortened to: gap
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Scientific definitions for spark gap

spark gap

A gap in an otherwise closed electric circuit across which a discharge occurs at a prescribed voltage. The discharge often causes ionization of the surrounding gas and thereby very high temperatures, and can be exploited, as in spark plugs, to ignite engine fuel in a combustion chamber.
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