Definitions for: Rheostat


[n] resistor for regulating current



Webster (1913) Definition: Rhe"o*stat, n. [Gr. "rei^n + stato`s standing still.]
(Elec.)
A contrivance for adjusting or regulating the strength of
electrical currents, operating usually by the intercalation
of resistance which can be varied at will. --Wheatstone.
--Rhe`o*stat"ic, a.

Synonyms: variable resistor

See Also: contact arm, dimmer, resistance, resistor, wiper, wiper arm

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