A term referring to a circuit in which a current is flowing. Also referred to as live.


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MESS

1. An eating place aboard ship. 2. A group of crew who live and eat together.

MOTOR SAILOR

A sailboat, with minimal rig and powerful motor, ideal as a live aboard.

AIR CHECK

A recording made of a live radio broadcast for filing purposes at the broadcasting facility.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEM

A system used in a closed area, especially a spacecraft or submarine, to permit life to be sustained; the system provides the occupants with a suitably controlled atmosphere to permit them to live and work in the area.

FLOATING AXLE

A live axle used to turn the wheels of an automotive vehicle; the weight of the vehicle is borne by housings at the ends of a fixed axle.

OCEAN THERMAL-ENERGY CONVERSION

The conversion of energy arising from the temperature difference between warm surface water of oceans and cold deep-ocean current into electrical energy or other useful forms of energy. Abbreviated OTEC.

NULL-BALANCE RECORDER

An instrument in which a motor-driven slide wire in a measuring circuit is continuously adjusted so that the voltage or current to be measured will be balanced against the voltage or current from this circuit; a pen linked to the slide wire makes a graphical record of its position as a function of time.

NO-LOAD CURRENT

The current which flows in a network when the output is open-circuited.

NERNST-LINDEMANN CALORIMETER

A calorimeter for measuring specific heats at low temperatures, in which the heat reservoir consists of a metal of high thermal conductivity such as copper, to promote rapid temperature equalization; none of the material under study is more than a few millimeters from a metal surface, and the whole apparatus is placed in an evacuated vessel and heated by current through a platinum heating coil.

MULTIPLICATION

An increase in current flow through a semiconductor because of increased carrier activity.

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