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monostable multivibrator[¦män·ō¦stā·bəl ‚məl·tə′vī‚brād·ər]
A multivibrator with one stable state and one unstable state; a trigger signal is required to drive the unit into the unstable state, where it remains for a predetermined time before returning to the stable state. Also known as one-shot multivibrator; single-shot multivibrator; start-stop multivibrator; univibrator.
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