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thermostat

[ thur-muh-stat ]
/ 藞胃蓽r m蓹藢st忙t /
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noun
a device, including a relay actuated by thermal conduction or convection, that functions to establish and maintain a desired temperature automatically or signals a change in temperature for manual adjustment.
verb (used with object), ther路mo路stat路ted or ther路mo路stat路ed; ther路mo路stat路ting or ther路mo路stat路ing.
to equip or control with a thermostat.
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Origin of thermostat

First recorded in 1825鈥35; thermo- + -stat

OTHER WORDS FROM thermostat

ther路mo路stat路ic, adjectivether路mo路stat路i路cal路ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for thermostat

thermostat
/ (藞胃蓽藧m蓹藢st忙t) /

noun
a device that maintains a system at a constant temperature. It often consists of a bimetallic strip that bends as it expands and contracts with temperature, thus breaking and making contact with an electrical power supply
a similar device that actuates equipment, such as a sprinkler, when a certain temperature is reached

Derived forms of thermostat

thermostatic, adjectivethermostatically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for thermostat

thermostat
[ th没rm蓹-st膬t鈥 ]

A device that automatically controls heating or cooling equipment in such a way as to maintain a temperature at a constant level or within a specified range, generally using a thermometer capable of triggering electrical switches that activate or deactivate the equipment.
The American Heritage庐 Science Dictionary Copyright 漏 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for thermostat

thermostat

A device that monitors and automatically responds to changes in temperature and activates switches controlling devices such as furnaces or air conditioners.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright 漏 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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