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thyristor

[thahy-ris-ter]
noun Electronics.
  1. a semiconductor device having two stable states, used as an electronic switch.
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Origin of thyristor

First recorded in 1965–70; thyr(atron) + (trans)istor
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British Dictionary definitions for thyristor

thyristor

noun
  1. any of a group of semiconductor devices, such as the silicon-controlled rectifier, that can be switched between two states
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Word Origin for thyristor

C20: from thyr (atron) + (trans) istor
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