[ trans-doo-ser, -dyoo-, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈdu sər, -ˈdyu-, trænz- /


a device that receives a signal in the form of one type of energy and converts it to a signal in another form: A microphone is a transducer that converts acoustic energy into electrical impulses.

Origin of transducer

1920–25; < Latin trānsdūc(ere) to transfer (see traduce) + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for transducer

  • The two readings were electronically added and fed into the transducer for automatic transmission.

British Dictionary definitions for transducer


/ (trænzˈdjuːsə) /


any device, such as a microphone or electric motor, that converts one form of energy into another

Word Origin for transducer

C20: from Latin transducere to lead across, from trans- + ducere to lead
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Science definitions for transducer


[ trăns-dōōsər ]

A device that converts one type of energy or signal into another. For example, a microphone is a transducer that converts sound waves into electric impulses; an electric motor is a transducer that converts electricity into mechanical energy.
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