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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cath"ode
The part of a voltaic battery by which the electric current leaves substances through which it passes, or the surface at which the electric current passes out of the electrolyte; the negative pole; -- opposed to anode.

Etymology: Gr. � descent; � down + � way

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  1. A negatively charged electrode that is the source of electrons entering an electrical device
  2. The positively charged terminal of a voltaic cell or storage battery that supplies current

From Ancient Greek κατα- (kata-, “down”) and ὁδός (hodós, “threshold”), forming the New Greek compound κάθοδος (káthodos).

  1. (electricity) An electrode, of a cell or other electrically polarized device, through which a positive current of electricity flows outwards (and thus, electrons flow inwards). It usually, but not always, has a positive voltage.
  2. (chemistry, by extension) The electrode at which chemical reduction of cations takes place, usually resulting in the deposition of metal onto the electrode.
  3. (electronics) The electrode from which electrons are emitted into a vacuum tube or gas-filled tube.
  4. (electronics) That electrode of a semiconductor device which is connected to the n-type material of a p-n junction.

cathode was also found in the following language(s): French

Fun Facts about the name Cathode

  • When was the first name Cathode first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Cathode is Friday, April 17th, 1896.
  • How unique is the name Cathode? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Cathode. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Cathode: Your name in reverse order is Edohtac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Htadeoc. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Cathode born Nov 21, 2014

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Bulgaria approximately on 1025. Your profession was monk, bee-keeper, and lone gunman.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. There is the invisible connection between material and spiritual world. Your lesson - to search, to find and to use this bridge.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.