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Wimshurst machine[′wimz‚hərst mə‚shēn]
An electrostatic generator consisting of two glass disks rotating in opposite directions, having sectors of tinfoil and collecting combs so arranged that static electricity is produced for charging Leyden jars or discharging across a gap.
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