neon tube

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n neon tube a lamp consisting of a small gas-discharge tube containing neon at low pressure; luminescence is produced by the action of currents at high frequencies that are wrapped a few turns around the tube
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Usage

In literature:

Steadily they flew on, waiting tensely for the first sign of a glow from the tiny neon tube indicator on the panel before Morey.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
The boys drove to Fremont Street, past the incredible gambling halls with their elaborate signs and miles of neon tubing.
"The Scarlet Lake Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
A tube containing neon at a low pressure is especially suitable for this purpose.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
A brilliant red, almost pink, like the glow of a neon tube, it penetrated the fog.
"The Metal Moon" by Everett C. Smith
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In news:

The Neon Museum in Las Vegas collects signs with gas-filled tubes, signs with patchworks of light bulbs and signs that are just plain old logos.
The neon industry produces a 3½ long glass tube support, which, in the case of border tubing , is a minimum acceptable length for this type of installation.
This minimum exists because the required clearances cannot be maintained when utilizing the standard 1–3/4-inch tube supports at a neon double-back.
Is there any surer sign that the boating season has arrived than when you stand at the end of your dock and watch a runabout zoom by pulling happily shrieking kids on an inflatable tube that resembles a neon-colored starship.
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