Etymology
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semiconductor (n.)

1838, "material whose electrical conductivity is between that of a conductor and that of an insulator," from semi- + conductor. Modern very specific sense is recorded from 1931. Related: Semi-conducting (1782).

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Definitions of semiconductor

semiconductor (n.)
a substance as germanium or silicon whose electrical conductivity is intermediate between that of a metal and an insulator; its conductivity increases with temperature and in the presence of impurities;
Synonyms: semiconducting material
semiconductor (n.)
a conductor made with semiconducting material;
Synonyms: semiconductor device / semiconductor unit
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