bleeder

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Electronics

  • A resistor connected across a voltage source to drain off the charge remaining in capacitors when the power is turned off, while also improving voltage regulation. Also called bleeder resistor, or dumping resistor (2).

Medical

  • noun a blood vessel which bleeds during surgery

Slang

  • noun an individual, particularly an unfortunate or despicable person. This working-class term often conveys strong dislike or contempt. It dates from the 19th century, but has lost popularity since the 1960s.
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