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rheostat (s) (noun), rheostats (pl)
A variable resistor used to adjust the current in an electrical circuit: Susan's ceiling lamp above her dining table used a rheostat, or dimmer switch, to regulate the brightness of the light produced, from very dim to very bright!
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electrolytic rheostat, water rheostat
1. A variable rheostat whose electrodes are submerged to a conducting liquid.
2. A rheostat which consists of a tank of conducting liquid in which electrodes are placed, and resistance is varied by changing the distance between the electrodes, the depth of immersion of the electrodes, or the resistivity of the solution.
This entry is located in the following unit: electro-, electr-, electri- (page 37)