mercury switch

Definitions

Cars & Driving

  • noun a safety switch to prevent erroneous deployment of the air bag

Construction

  • An electrical switch that contains mercury in a vial to make a silent contact.

Electronics

  • A switch in which the contacts are sealed in a capsule containing a pool of mercury. When the tube is tilted in one direction, the mercury comes in contact with both electrodes, thus closing the circuit. When tilted the other way, the contacts are exposed to open said circuit. Also called mercury tilt switch.
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