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1    an electronic device, such as a semiconductor diode or valve, that converts an alternating current to a direct current by suppression or inversion of alternate half cycles  
2      (Chem)   an apparatus for condensing a hot vapour to a liquid in distillation; condenser  
3    a thing or person that rectifies  

bridge rectifier  
      n     (Electrical engineering)   a full-wave rectifier consisting of a bridge with a rectifier in each of the four arms  
full-wave rectifier  
      n   an electronic circuit in which both half-cycles of incoming alternating current furnish the direct current output  
silicon-controlled rectifier  
      n   a semiconductor rectifier whose forward current between two electrodes, the anode and cathode, is initiated by means of a signal applied to a third electrode, the gate. The current subsequently becomes independent of the signal. It is a type of thyristor,   (Abbrev.)    SCR  
silicon rectifier  
      n     (Electronics)   a rectifier consisting of a semiconductor diode using crystalline silicon  
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