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zener diode vs. diode

[ zee-ner ]
/ ˈzi nər /

noun
  1. a semiconductor diode across which the reverse voltage remains almost constant over a wide range of currents, used especially to regulate voltage.
[ dahy-ohd ]
/ ˈdaɪ oʊd /

noun
  1. a device, as a two-element electron tube or a semiconductor, through which current can pass freely in only one direction.

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