read head

Definitions

General Science

  • noun a transducer that reads signals stored on a magnetic medium such as a floppy disk and converts them back to their original electrical form

Electronics

  • A transducer which converts magnetic signals recorded or stored on magnetic recording media, such as tapes or disks, into output electrical signals. When used in the context of tape which has audio and/or video, the signals are usually said to be reproduced, while in the context of data, the signals are usually said to be read. Also called reading head, reproducing head, reproduce head, magnetic read head, magnetic reading head, or playback head.
  • synonymreading head
  • synonymreproduce head
  • synonymreproducing head
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