transistor

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English[edit]

Four types of transistor.

Etymology[edit]

Blend of transfer +‎ resistor. Said to have been coined by American engineer John Robinson Pierce in 1947.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

transistor (plural transistors)

  1. (semiconductors) A solid-state semiconductor device, with three terminals, which can be used for amplification, switching, voltage stabilization, signal modulation, and many other functions.
  2. (dated, informal) A transistor radio.
    • 1978, Billy Joel, Half a Mile Away:
      Turn your transistor on and let the music play

Usage notes[edit]

Transistors, when referring to semiconductor components, may encompass field-effect transistors (FETs), unijunction transistors (UJTs), or bipolar junction transistors (BJTs); however, often the bipolar type is assumed.

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Translations[edit]

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English transistor.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tʁɑ̃.zis.tɔʁ/
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Noun[edit]

transistor m (plural transistors)

  1. transistor
  2. (metonymically) transistor radio
    • 1982, “Un été sans toi”, performed by Charles Aznavour:
      Sur mon matelas / Je rêve à ton corps / Soûlé par la voix / De mon transistor
      On my mattress / I dream of your body / Reeling from the voice / On my transistor

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Galician[edit]

Noun[edit]

transistor m (plural transistores)

  1. a transistor (semiconductor device)
  2. a transistor radio

Indonesian[edit]

Indonesian Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Internationalism, borrowed from English transistor.

Noun[edit]

transistor (plural transistor-transistor, first-person possessive transistorku, second-person possessive transistormu, third-person possessive transistornya)

  1. (electronics) transistor

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Italian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English transistor.

Noun[edit]

transistor m (invariable)

  1. transistor (device)
  2. transistor radio

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Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

 

  • Hyphenation: tran‧sis‧tor

Noun[edit]

transistor m (plural transistores)

  1. Brazil form of transístor

Romanian[edit]

Noun[edit]

transistor n (plural transistoare)

  1. Alternative form of tranzistor

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Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tɾansisˈtoɾ/ [t̪ɾãn.sisˈt̪oɾ]
  • Rhymes: -oɾ
  • Syllabification: tran‧sis‧tor

Noun[edit]

transistor m (plural transistores)

  1. transistor

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Swedish[edit]

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Noun[edit]

transistor c

  1. (electronics) a transistor (semiconductor component)
  2. (dated) a transistor, a transistor radio

Declension[edit]

Declension of transistor 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative transistor transistorn transistorer transistorerna
Genitive transistors transistorns transistorers transistorernas