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varistor (s) (noun), varistors (pl)
In electricity, a variable resistor.

A two-electrode resistor made of semiconductor material and having voltage-dependent nonlinear resistance which drops with an increase in applied voltage; can be used to protect sensitive equipment from power spikes or lightning strikes by shunting the energy to the ground.

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