charge-coupled device

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charge-coup·led device

 (chärj′kŭp′əld)
n. Abbr. CCD
A photosensitive semiconductor device that transports electric charge from one capacitor to another, allowing serial output of parallel data, typically used for digital image capture.

charge-coupled device

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(Computer Science) computing an electronic device, used in imaging and signal processing, in which information is represented as packets of electric charge that are stored in an array of tiny closely spaced capacitors and can be moved from one capacitor to another in a controlled way. Abbreviation: CCD
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Charge-couple Device (CCD) Detectors: CCDs are detectors that are coupled with scintillating phosphor and optically connected fiber that spans the imaging area.