duty cycle

Definitions

Electronics

  • For a device or piece of equipment used intermittently, the cycle of starting, operating, and stopping. Also, the time interval that elapses during such a cycle.
  • For a device or piece of equipment used intermittently, the ratio of its operating time to its rest time, or to total time. Also called duty ratio (1), or duty factor (1).
  • The ratio of pulse duration to pulse period, expressed as a percentage. When expressed as a decimal, also called duty factor (2).4. The ratio of average pulse power to peak pulse power. Also called duty ratio (2).
  • synonymduty factor
  • synonymduty ratio
  • duty cycle (3) expressed in decimal form.
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