passive

Definitions

General English

  • adjective allowing things to happen to you and not taking any action yourself
  • noun the form of a verb which shows that the subject is being acted upon.

Electronics

  • A component or device which does not operate on an applied electrical signal, as in amplifying, rectifying, or switching, nor is a source of energy. Resistors, capacitors, and transformers are examples.
  • Chemically inert.

Military

  • adjective relating to night-viewing devices which do not require an external source of infrared (IR) light in order to operate.
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