コンデンサ

JapaneseEdit

コンデンサ: various electronic capacitors

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EtymologyEdit

Transliteration of English condenser.

Originally spelled コンデンサー (kondensā). As with other imported words ending in long "ā", the final vowel has shortened in more common usage, resulting in the current spelling.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): [kõ̞ɴdẽ̞ɴsa̠]

NounEdit

コンデンサ (romaji kondensa)

  1. (electronics) a capacitor
    Though called capacitors in modern English, these electronic devices were originally called condensers from as far back as 1782. The Japanese term is based on this older terminology.
  2. (optics) an optical condenser, such as a lens or mirror
  3. (mechanics, physics) a condenser, a device or unit used to condense vapor into liquid

Usage notesEdit

Japanese has also borrowed the modern English term capacitor for the electronic component, as キャパシタ (kyapashita). However, the term コンデンサ (kondensa) is used much more commonly.

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Last modified on 23 July 2013, at 20:57