rheostat etymology

English word rheostat comes from English rheo- (Flow, current.), English -stat

Detailed word origin of rheostat

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
rheo- English (eng) Flow, current.
-stat English (eng) Forming nouns naming scientific instruments that act to render the prefixed element stationary or static in some respect.
rheostat English (eng) An electrical resistor, with two terminals, whose resistance is continuously variable by moving a knob or slider.

Words with the same origin as rheostat

Descendants of rheo-
rheobase rheocardiogram rheocasting rheocrat rheofluidification rheogoniometer rheogoniometry rheography rheologic rheometer rheometry rheomotor rheoophthalmography rheopectic rheopexy rheophile rheophilic rheophore rheophyte rheoscope rheostasis rheotactic rheotaxis rheotrope
Descendants of -stat
aquastat aquastatic bacteriostat barostat biostat chemostat clinostat cryostat gyrostat haemostasis haemostat haemostatic hemostat hygrostat ophthalmostat pyrostat regulo siderostat thermostat thermostatic thermostatically