air gap

Definitions

Aviation

  • noun a space between two things

Computing

  • noun a narrow gap between a recording or playback head and the magnetic medium

Construction

Electronics

  • A narrow space of air separating components, circuits, or devices.
  • A space of a nonmagnetic material, such as air, between magnetic components, circuits, devices, or materials. For instance, the opening between pole pieces in a tape head. Also called magnetic gap, magnetic air-gap, or gap (3).
  • A spark gap in which two electrodes are separated by air.
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