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"transistor" in British English

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transistornoun [C]

uk   /trænˈzɪs.tər/  us   /-ˈzɪs.tɚ/
a ​smallelectricaldevicecontaining a ​semiconductor, used in ​televisions, ​radios, etc. to ​control or ​increase an ​electriccurrent (also transistor radio, informal trannie) a ​smallradiocontaining transistors, used ​especially in the past
(Definition of transistor from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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transistornoun [C]

 us   /trænˈzɪs·tər/
a ​smallelectronicdevice that ​controlselectriccurrent in ​televisions, ​radios, and other ​equipment
(Definition of transistor from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"transistor" in Business English

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transistornoun [C]

uk   us   /trænˈzɪstər/
a very ​smallpiece of ​electronicequipment that ​changes the ​force of the ​electricalcurrent that goes through it. Transistors are commonly used in televisions, ​computers, and radios: silicon transistors
(Definition of transistor from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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