Definition of Rheostat

1. Noun. Resistor for regulating current.

Exact synonyms: Variable Resistor
Specialized synonyms: Dimmer
Generic synonyms: Resistance, Resistor
Terms within: Contact Arm, Wiper, Wiper Arm



Definition of Rheostat

1. n. A contrivance for adjusting or regulating the strength of electrical currents, operating usually by the intercalation of resistance which can be varied at will.

Definition of Rheostat

1. Noun. An electrical resistor, with two terminals, whose resistance is continuously variable by moving a knob or slider. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rheostat

1. a resistor used to control electric current [n -S]

Medical Definition of Rheostat

1. A contrivance for adjusting or regulating the strength of electrical currents, operating usually by the intercalation of resistance which can be varied at will. Rheostat"ic. Origin: Gr. + standing still. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rheostat

rheomotors
rheopectic
rheopexy
rheophil
rheophile
rheophiles
rheophore
rheophores
rheophyte
rheophytes
rheoplethysmograph
rheoplethysmographs
rheoscope
rheoscopes
rheostasis
rheostat (current term)
rheostatic
rheostats
rheostosis
rheotaxes
rheotaxis
rheotome
rheotomes
rheotrope
rheotropes
rheotropic
rheotropism
rhestocythemia
rhesus
rhesus disease

Literary usage of Rheostat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Principles and Practice of Electrical Engineering by Alexander Gray (1917)
"Carbon Pile rheostat.—An entirely different type of rheostat is shown in Fig. ... In the type of rheostat shown in Fig. 36 the pressure is applied by ..."

2. Principles and Practice of Electrical Engineering by Alexander Gray (1917)
"Carbon Pile rheostat.—An entirely different type of rheostat is shown in Fig. ... In the type of rheostat shown in Fig. 36 the pressure is applied by ..."

3. Experimental Electrical Engineering and Manual for Electrical Testing for by Vladimir Karapetoff (1922)
"to speed by gradually short-circuiting the starting rheostat. Read the armature volts and the ampere input into the motor armature, and measure the speed. ..."

4. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1916)
"By AIEE THE LIQUID rheostat IN LOCOMOTIVE SERVICE BY AJ HALL ABSTRACT OF PAPER This ... 2, 3 and 4 show the mechanical structure of the liquid rheostat, ..."

5. Elementary Principles of Electro-therapeutics for the Use of Physicians and by Celia M. Haynes (1890)
"The metallic rheostat is used chiefly with storage cells and the current from an electric light wire. By means of FIO. 112. MEDIUM STORAGE CELL WITH ..."

6. An Introduction to Physical Measurements: With Appendices on Absolute by Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Kohlrausch, Thomas Hutchinson Waller, Henry Richardson Procter (1899)
"To test and form a table of corrections for a rheostat the parts of like nominal value are compared with each other. Simple substitution (70) gives results ..."

7. An Introduction to Physical Measurements: With Appendices on Absolute by Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Kohlrausch (1894)
"To test and form a table of corrections for a rheostat the parts of like nominal value are compared with each other. Simple substitution (70) gives results ..."

8. Respiration Calorimeters for Studying the Respiratory Exchange and Energy by Francis Gano Benedict, Thorne Martin Carpenter (1910)
"rheostat FOR HEATING. The rheostat for heating the air-spaces and the returning ... One end of the rheostat is connected directly with the 110- volt circuit ..."

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