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Definition of "solenoid" []

  • A current-carrying coil of wire that acts like a magnet when a current passes through it. (noun)
  • An assembly used as a switch, consisting of a coil and a metal core free to slide along the coil axis under the influence of the magnetic field. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "solenoid" in a sentence
  • "So far, injector technology has been catagorized as either "solenoid" or "piezo" In both cases, the injector needle is moved via a hydraulic circuit controlled by a valve that is set in motion by an actuator-either a 'solenoid' device or a 'piezo' device."
  • "a solenoid is a spiral of insulating wire wound around a cylinder."
  • "The solenoid is a large magnet, generating a 4 Telsa magnetic field (100,000 times stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field) with a total stored energy of 2.66 GigaJoules (equivalent to half a tonne of TNT), and is responsible for our ability to observe tracks and measure the energy of charged particles."