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 Dictionary entry overview: What does capacitor mean? 

  The noun CAPACITOR has 1 sense:

1. an electrical device characterized by its capacity to store an electric charge

  Familiarity information: CAPACITOR used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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An electrical device characterized by its capacity to store an electric charge

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Nouns denoting man-made objects


capacitor; condenser; electrical condenser; capacitance

Hypernyms ("capacitor" is a kind of...):

electrical device (a device that produces or is powered by electricity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "capacitor"):

bypass capacitor; bypass condenser (a capacitor that provides low impedance over certain (high) frequencies)

electrolytic; electrolytic capacitor; electrolytic condenser (a fixed capacitor consisting of two electrodes separated by an electrolyte)

Leiden jar; Leyden jar (an electrostatic capacitor of historical interest)

trimmer; trimming capacitor (capacitor having variable capacitance; used for making fine adjustments)

Holonyms ("capacitor" is a part of...):

circuit; electric circuit; electrical circuit (an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow)

distributer; distributor; electrical distributor (electrical device that distributes voltage to the spark plugs of a gasoline engine in the order of the firing sequence)

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