Resistor Terms:

Resistor Definitions
'A', 'B', 'C', 'D/E', 'F-L', 'M', 'N', 'O', 'P', 'R', 'S', 'T', 'V-Z'

Ballast Resistor: A resistor used in a circuit to compensate for circuit fluctuations [voltage].

Bands: As in resistor color code bands. Refer to the Color Code definition.

Bare Metal Element Resistor: A small value resistor with no coating or covering and consists only of the resistive element attached [welded] to two terminals.

Bias Resistor: A resistor used to bias a circuit. A resistor used to apply a DC bias or reference voltage.

Transistor Bias Circuit
Bias Resistors in a Transistor Circuit

Bias Resistors are changing depending on the actual transistor used in this example schematic.

Bleeder Current. The current through a bleeder resistor. In a voltage divider, bleeder current is usually determined by the 10 percent rule of thumb.

Bleeder Resistor: A resistor used to draw a fixed current.

Bulk: A type of packaging. A way to purchase resistors. As in not cut-tape or tube

Burn-In: A method of screening or pre-screening a resistor at its specified operational limits to insure its reliability. Detailed Burn-In definition. The process of screening out marginal component parts by exposing them to elevated temperatures and voltage stress.

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