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SEMICONDUCTOR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does semiconductor mean? 

SEMICONDUCTOR (noun)
  The noun SEMICONDUCTOR has 2 senses:

1. a substance as germanium or silicon whose electrical conductivity is intermediate between that of a metal and an insulator; its conductivity increases with temperature and in the presence of impurities
2. a conductor made with semiconducting material

  Familiarity information: SEMICONDUCTOR used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SEMICONDUCTOR (noun)


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Meaning:

A substance as germanium or silicon whose electrical conductivity is intermediate between that of a metal and an insulator; its conductivity increases with temperature and in the presence of impurities

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

semiconducting material; semiconductor

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

conductor (a substance that readily conducts e.g. electricity and heat)

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

atomic number 32; Ge; germanium (a brittle grey crystalline element that is a semiconducting metalloid (resembling silicon) used in transistors; occurs in germanite and argyrodite)

atomic number 14; Si; silicon (a tetravalent nonmetallic element; next to oxygen it is the most abundant element in the earth's crust; occurs in clay and feldspar and granite and quartz and sand; used as a semiconductor in transistors)

Holonyms ("semiconductor" is a substance of...):

semiconductor; semiconductor device; semiconductor unit (a conductor made with semiconducting material)


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Meaning:

A conductor made with semiconducting material

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

semiconductor device; semiconductor unit; semiconductor

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

conductor (a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.)

Meronyms (substance of "semiconductor"):

semiconducting material; semiconductor (a substance as germanium or silicon whose electrical conductivity is intermediate between that of a metal and an insulator; its conductivity increases with temperature and in the presence of impurities)

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

chip; micro chip; microchip; silicon chip (electronic equipment consisting of a small crystal of a silicon semiconductor fabricated to carry out a number of electronic functions in an integrated circuit)

crystal rectifier; diode; junction rectifier; semiconductor diode (a semiconductor that consists of a p-n junction)

n-type semiconductor (a semiconductor in which electrical conduction is due chiefly to the movement of electrons)

p-type semiconductor (a semiconductor in which electrical conduction is due chiefly to the movement of positive holes)

thermal resistor; thermistor (a semiconductor device made of materials whose resistance varies as a function of temperature; can be used to compensate for temperature variation in other components of a circuit)

electronic transistor; junction transistor; transistor (a semiconductor device capable of amplification)


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