brush discharge
noun Date: 1849 a faintly luminous relatively slow electrical discharge having no spark

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  • brush discharge — n. a luminous electric discharge, weaker than a spark, characterized by a crackling sound and glowing fine lines with a brushlike appearance, as in the air surrounding a pointed conductor at high potential …   English World dictionary

  • brush discharge — noun discharge between electrodes creating visible streamers of ionized particles • Hypernyms: ↑discharge, ↑spark, ↑arc, ↑electric arc, ↑electric discharge * * * noun Etymology: brush (III) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Brush discharge — A brush discharge is a type of corona discharge that takes place between two electrodes embedded in a nonconducting medium (e.g., air at atmospheric pressure) and is characterized by nonsparking, faintly luciferous furcations composed of ionized… …   Wikipedia

  • brush discharge — brush′ dis charge n. elm a type of corona discharge that takes place between two electrodes at atmospheric pressure, characterized by long, branched, luminous streamers of ionized particles • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • brush discharge — /brʌʃ dɪsˈtʃadʒ/ (say brush dis chahj) noun Electricity → corona discharge. Also, brush …   Australian English dictionary

  • brush discharge — Elect. a type of corona discharge that takes place between two electrodes at atmospheric pressure, characterized by long, branched, luminous streamers of ionized particles. [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • brush discharge — noun a broad electrical discharge from a conductor occurring when the potential difference is high but not sufficient for a spark or arc …   English new terms dictionary

  • brush discharge — A charge of electricity, also called a disruptive discharge which is sometimes thrown off by uninsulated wires in sufficient force to cause the death of a person in close proximity thereto, without his actual contact with the wire. The fact is… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • brush — brush1 [brush] n. [ME brushe < OFr broce, brosse, bush, brushwood < VL * bruscia < Gmc * bruskaz, underbrush: for IE base see BREAST] 1. BRUSHWOOD ☆ 2. sparsely settled country, covered with wild scrub growth 3. a) a device having… …   English World dictionary

  • brush — n. & v. n. 1 an implement with bristles, hair, wire, etc. varying in firmness set into a block or projecting from the end of a handle, for any of various purposes, esp. cleaning or scrubbing, painting, arranging the hair, etc. 2 the application… …   Useful english dictionary

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