vacuum tube

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  1. Also called, especially British, vacuum valve . an electron tube from which almost all air or gas has been evacuated: formerly used extensively in radio and electronics.

  2. a sealed glass tube with electrodes and a partial vacuum or a highly rarefied gas, used to observe the effects of a discharge of electricity passed through it.

Origin of vacuum tube

First recorded in 1775–85

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How to use vacuum tube in a sentence

  • These are met with in barometers, spray arresters, and filter pumps, in condensers and some forms of vacuum tube.

  • A form of vacuum tube which has proved very successful in the author's hands is sketched in Fig. 38.

    On Laboratory Arts | Richard Threlfall

British Dictionary definitions for vacuum tube

vacuum tube

  1. another name for valve (def. 3)

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Scientific definitions for vacuum tube

vacuum tube

  1. An electron tube from which all air has been removed. The vacuum ensures transparency inside the tube for electric fields and moving electrons. Most electron tubes are vacuum tubes; cathode-ray tubes, which include television picture tubes and other video display tubes, are the most widely used vacuum tubes. In other electronic applications, vacuum tubes have largely been replaced by transistors.

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