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The direct-current bias voltage that must be applied to the grid of an electron tube to stop the flow of anode current.

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  1. To cut off the electron beam of a television picture tube, camera tube, or cathode-ray oscilloscope tube during the process of retrace by applying a rectangular pulse voltage to the grid or cathode during each retrace interval. Also known as beam blank. 2. The result of the final cutting operation on a natural crystal.


  1. Degenerative or regenerative voltage which is fed back to circuits before its originating point; usually applied to a control anode of a tube or other device. 2. Voltage applied to a grid of a tube (or tubes) or electrode of another device to reduce a condition which has been upset by some external cause.


  1. An evacuated enclosure containing a gas at low pressure, through which current can flow when sufficient voltage is applied between metal electrodes in the tube. Also known as electric-discharge tube. 2. A tube through which steam and water are released into a boiler drum.


A single-stage amplifier in which the output load is connected between the negative end of the anode supply and the cathode, while signal voltage is applied between grid and cathode; a change in grid voltage changes the input signal voltage with respect to ground by an amount equal to the output signal voltage.


The voltage that exists across a rectifier tube or x-ray tube during the half cycle in which the anode is negative and current does not normally flow.


  1. A positive electrode; the plate of a vacuum tube; the electrode of an electron tube through which a principal stream of electrons leaves the inter-electrode space. 2. The positive electrode of an electrochemical device, such as a primary or secondary cell, toward which the negative ions are drawn.


Limiting the maximum output voltage of a vacuum tube circuit by driving the grid beyond cutoff.


A bias voltage that is applied to a pn-junction in the direction that causes a large current flow; used in some semiconductor diode circuits.


  1. A channel which carries off surface water. 2. A pipe which carries off liquid sewage. 3. The region into which majority carriers flow in a field-effect transistor; it is comparable to the collector of a bipolar transistor and the anode of an electron tube.


The electron current flowing through an electron tube from the cathode to the anode. Also known as plate current.

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