Pronunciation: (sō'lu-noid", sol'u-), [key]
1. Elect.an electric conductor wound as a helix with small pitch, or as two or more coaxial helices, so that current through the conductor establishes a magnetic field within the conductor.
2. Also called so'lenoid switch". a switch controlled by such an arrangement, in which a metal rod moves when the current is turned on: used in automotive starting systems.
3. Meteorol.a space formed by the intersection of isobaric and isosteric surfaces.
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