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## gain

Electronics the ratio of the output signal of an amplifier to the input signal, usually measured in decibels

## gain

1. A measure of the amplification of an electronic device. If the power input to the device is P 1 and the power output is P 2, the gain expressed in decibels is given by
G = 10 log10 (P 2 /P 1 )

Gains measured in this way can be added when amplifying stages are connected in series.

2. A measure of the directional advantage of using one radio antenna as compared with another. It is usual to express the gain, G , of a particular antenna over an isotropic radiator. For a lossless antenna it is given by
G = 4πA e2
where A e is the effective area (see array) and λ is the wavelength; the gain is equal to the directivity in this case. Sometimes the comparison is with a dipole, which itself has a gain over an isotropic radiator of 1.5 (equivalent to 1.7 decibels, or dBi).

## gain

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(electronics)
The increase in signal power that is produced by an amplifier; usually given as the ratio of output to input voltage, current, or power, expressed in decibels. Also known as transmission gain.
(electromagnetism)
(engineering)
A cavity in a piece of wood prepared by notching or mortising so that a hinge or other hardware or another piece of wood can be placed on the cavity.

## Gain

An increase in signal power or voltage produced by an amplifier in transmitting a signal from one point to another. The amount of gain is usually expressed in decibels above a reference level. See Amplifier

Antenna gain is a measure of the effectiveness of a directional antenna as compared to a nondirectional antenna. See Antenna (electromagnetism)

## gain

gain joint
In carpentry, a groove or notch in one piece into which another piece is fitted.

## gain

i. The amplification obtained in a radio circuit or a component of the circuit. It is measured as a direct ratio or logarithmically. In radar, there are two general usages of the term: (a) antenna gain, or a gain factor, is the ratio of the power transmitted along the beam axis to that of an isotropic radiator transmitting the same total power; and (b) receiver gain, or video gain, measures how much a receiver amplifies an incoming signal.
ii. A general term for the increase in signal power after transmission from one point to another. Gain is usually expressed in decibels and is widely used to denote transducer gain.

## gain

The amount of increase that an amplifier provides on the output side of the circuit.
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