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Rheostat

Our Take

Rheostats, however, are the same thing as pots or trimmers, physically, but they’re called rheostats when they’re acting as variable resistors.

Book Definition

A two-terminal variable resistor used to vary the amount of current in a circuit.

Grob’s Basic Electronics, 11th Edition by Mitchel E. Schultz

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