Wiley Electrical And Electronics Engineering Dictionary

June 14, 2005
By Steven M. Kaplan
Do you know what a megger is used for? Or how many bits are in a pebibit? It’s not surprising if you don’t. Electrical engineering is one of the largest professional disciplines in the world, and has accumulated a vast assortment of technical terms and jargon. To help you sort through it all, the Wiley Electrical And Electronics Engineering Dictionary presents over 35,000 definitions of the terms and acronyms used in electronics.

With such a large body of techno-speak spread across many diverse technology disciplines, this dictionary will prove useful to both the student and the working engineer. From A/B box to Zulu Time, almost every term you can imagine is defined in easy-to-understand language. Even contemporary e-mail slang, like ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing), is included in the mix. There are pages in the back to explain Greek letters and symbols, and definitions of terms that begin with numbers.

The book is designed to save time by presenting the desired information in one entry, with no need for cross-referencing. It was co-published by the IEEE, and every entry was exhaustively researched using a variety of resources. Information was drawn from textbooks, handbooks, treatises, instruction manuals, theses, articles, reports, and Usenet postings. In his quest for comprehensiveness, the author provided multiple connotations for many of the entries.

And in case you didn’t know, a megger is a portable instrument used to measure resistance and there are 250 bits in a pebibit.

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