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[thurm-ahy-on-iks, thur-mee-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of physics that deals with thermionic phenomena.
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Origin of thermionics

First recorded in 1925–30; see origin at thermion, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for thermionics


  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of electronics concerned with the emission of electrons by hot bodies and with devices based on this effect, esp the study and design of thermionic valves
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