A thermostat is a device that switches a system or motor on or off according to the temperature. Thermostats are used, for example, in central heating systems and fridges.

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  • Thermostat — Sm per. Wortschatz fach. (19. Jh.) Neoklassische Bildung. Neubildung zu gr. thermós warm und gr. statós stehend, feststehend . So benannt als ein Gerät, das die Temperatur auf einer bestimmten Höhe hält.    Ebenso nndl. thermostaat, ne.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Thermostat — Ther mo*stat, n. [Thermo + Gr. ? to make to stand.] (Physics) A device which automatically regulates temperature, or provides a signal used by another device to regulate temperature. The temperature sensitive signal may be electronic, as that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Thermostāt — (griech., Thermoregulator), Gestell zum bequemen Erhitzen eines Körpers über der Lampe, speziell eine Vorrichtung zur Einhaltung einer bestimmten Temperatur. Erreicht die Quecksilbersäule in einem thermometerartigen Gefäß eine bestimmte Höhe, die …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Thermostat — Thermostāt (grch.), Vorrichtung, um Temperaturen längere Zeit unverändert zu erhalten …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • thermostat — 1831, from THERMO (Cf. thermo ) + STAT (Cf. stat) …   Etymology dictionary

  • thermostat — ► NOUN ▪ a device that automatically regulates temperature or activates a device at a set temperature. DERIVATIVES thermostatic adjective thermostatically adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • thermostat — [thʉr′mə stat΄] n. [ THERMO + STAT] 1. an apparatus for regulating temperature, esp. one that automatically controls a heating or cooling unit 2. a device that sets off equipment at a certain temperature, as a fire alarm system thermostatic adj.… …   English World dictionary

  • Thermostat — This article is about the temperature regulating device. For the French cooking oven temperature scale, see Gas Mark#Other cooking temperature scales. Honeywell s iconic The Round model T87 thermostat, one of which is in the Smithsonian …   Wikipedia

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  • Thermostat — A device that monitors temperature and automatically maintains it at certain levels. In a human, a tiny part of the brain called the hypothalamus, located behind the eyes, serves as the thermostat. It can warm the body by causing it to shiver and …   Medical dictionary

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