Vacuum tube

Definition of Vacuum tube

(Phys.) a glass tube provided with platinum electrodes and exhausted, for the passage of the electrical discharge; a Geissler tube.
any tube used in electronic devices, containing a vacuum and used to control the flow of electrons in a circuit, as a vacuum diode, triode, tetrode, or pentode.

See also: Vacuum Vacuum

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