mercury delay line

mercury delay line

[′mər·kyə·rē di′lā ‚līn]
(electronics)
An acoustic delay line in which mercury is the medium for sound transmission. Also known as mercury memory; mercury storage.

mercury delay line

(storage, history)
An archaic first-in first-out fixed time period data storage device using acoustic transducers to transmit data as waves in a trough or tube of mercury.

EDSAC (Cambridge) and UNIVAC I used delay lines.
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Its original configuration included a 512-word mercury delay line memory and teletype input-output.
(29) It gets worse--with "pulse code modulation," "AND-logic gates," and "mercury delay lines." Kessler's subtitle promises an "irreverent" history of technology, but it is rather pop history, and it obscures his line of argument.