Wheatstone bridge

noun Etymology: Sir Charles Wheatstone Date: 1872 an electrical bridge consisting of two branches of a parallel circuit joined by a galvanometer and used for determining the value of an unknown resistance in one of the branches

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  • Wheatstone bridge — A Wheatstone bridge is a measuring instrument invented by Samuel Hunter Christie in 1833 and improved and popularized by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1843. It is used to measure an unknown electrical resistance by balancing two legs of a bridge… …   Wikipedia

  • Wheatstone bridge — Wheat·stone bridge .hwēt .stōn , .wēt , chiefly Brit stən n a bridge for measuring electrical resistances that consists of a conductor joining two branches of a circuit Wheatstone Sir Charles (1802 1875) British physicist. Wheatstone was… …   Medical dictionary

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  • wheatstone bridge — bridge used to measure electrical resistances …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Wheatstone bridge — Elect. a circuit for measuring an unknown resistance by comparing it with known resistances. Also, Wheatstone s bridge. Cf. bridge (def. 9), null method. [1870 75; named after C. WHEATSTONE] * * * …   Universalium

  • Wheatstone bridge — /ˌwitstən ˈbrɪdʒ/ (say .weetstuhn brij) noun an instrument designed for measuring the electrical resistance of a circuit or a circuit component. Also, Wheatstone s bridge. {named after Sir Charles Wheatstone, 1802–75, English physicist and… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Wheatstone bridge — Wheat′stone bridge n. elm an electrical circuit that measures resistance comparatively • Etymology: 1870–75; after C. Wheatstone …   From formal English to slang

  • Wheatstone bridge — noun a device for measuring an unknown resistance by combining it with a known resistance and comparing the ratio of the two with another pair of resistances of known ratio. Origin C19: named after the English physicist Sir Charles Wheatstone …   English new terms dictionary

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