varistor

[ va-ris-ter, vuh- ]
/ væˈrɪs tər, və- /

noun Electricity.

a resistor whose resistance automatically varies in proportion to the voltage of the current through it.

Nearby words

  1. various,
  2. various and sundry,
  3. variously,
  4. variscite,
  5. varisized,
  6. varitype,
  7. varityper,
  8. varix,
  9. varlet,
  10. varletry

Origin of varistor

First recorded in 1940–45; var(iable) + (res)istor

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British Dictionary definitions for varistor

varistor

/ (vəˈrɪstə) /

noun

a two-electrode semiconductor device having a voltage-dependent nonlinear resistanceCompare varactor

Word Origin for varistor

C20: a blend of variable resistor

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