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AC Adapter

The AC adapter, AC/DC adapter or AC/DC converter is a type of external power supply, often enclosed in what looks like an over-sized AC plug. Other names include plug pack, plug-in adapter, adapter block, domestic mains adapter, line power adapter, or power adapter. Informal terms include wall wart, wall cube and power brick. AC adapters are used with electrical devices that require power but do not contain internal components to derive the required voltage and power from mains power. The internal circuitry of an external power supply is very similar to the design that would be used for a built-in or internal supply. External power supplies are used both with equipment with no other source of power, and with battery-powered equipment, where the supply both charges the battery and powers the equipment when plugged in.

Ampere

The basic unit of electrical current. Applying one volt across a one ohm resistor will cause a current of one ampere to flow. The letter 'I' is used to denote current. Also known as "Amp."

Animatronics

Animatronics are mainly used in movie making, but also in theme parks and other forms of entertainment. Its main advantages to CGI and stop motion is that it is not a simulation of reality, but rather physical objects moving in real time in front of the camera. The technology behind animatronics has become more advanced and sophisticated over the years, making the puppets even more realistic and lifelike.

Anode

A positive electrode of an electrochemical device (such as a primary or secondary electric cell) toward which the negative ions are drawn. The semiconductor-diode terminal that is positive with respect to the other terminal when the diode is biased in the forward direction.

Arch

An Arch(es) is a piece of metal or plastic pipe wrapped with lights and hooked to a ground rod on each end to resemble and arch of lights.

Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. You can use Audacity to, Record live audio, Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CD's, Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, WAV or AIFF sound files, Cut, copy, splice or mix sounds together, and Change the speed or pitch of a recording.

AWG

American Wire Gauge. The standards adopted in the United States for the measurement of wire sizes.

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