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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1924, "device which converts energy from one form to another," from Latin transducere/traducere "lead across, transfer, carry over," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)).


n. 1 A device that converts energy from one form into another. 2 (context computing theory English) A state machine that generates output based on a given input.


n. an electrical device that converts one form of energy into another


A transducer is a device that converts one form of energy to another. Usually a transducer converts a signal in one form of energy to a signal in another.

Transducers are often employed at the boundaries of automation, measurement, and control systems, where electrical signals are converted to and from other physical quantities (energy, force, torque, light, motion, position, etc.). The process of converting one form of energy to another is known as transduction.

Usage examples of "transducer".

Kashyyyk during the Yevethan crisis, Jowdrrl had retrofit a quartet of transparent optical transducer panels to enhance port and aft visibility.

One day out of Aruba the sonar went silent, having burned out a scarce and critical component far down in the bows above the transducer head.

Your eye is both a biological sensor and an electrochemical transducer.

All that remains is the thermoelectric transducers interfaced to a deep subsurface magma dome -- but the power output continues to drop.

They sat silently, seldom moving, controlling their instruments through transducers and the relay-circlets around their temples.

I knew more about the transducers two hundred years ago than anyone alive.

The transducers, the wiring, the fibre-optics and the connectors are all working as they should.

He released the locking ring and prised the transducer from its seat.

But before she could make the best use of Zathran Abita, she needed items like carbon brushes, two more large magnetic coils and slip rings, as well as small transducers and some circuit boards, which she could only get with Reidinger's assistance.

There were acoustic transducers which set up a high-frequency sound field in the cage.

How much neater it would be if we could use these subatomic particles themselves - these spatial energy vortices - as well as the more hidden vacuum structure as our circuit, as our energy pattern transducers.

It had a torpedo body whose forward portion carried a powerful sonar transducer that ran off a tape recorder and broadcast the recorded sounds of a 688-class submarine.

The first niche held a fan of minute shards of a pale-pink crystal, the sort probably utilized as computer chips or transducers.