/ θɝːməstæt /
Množina reči thermostat je thermostats.
ETYM Thermo- + Greek stasis to make to stand.
A device for automatically regulating temperature by starting or stoping the supply of heat; SYN. thermoregulator.
Temperature-controlling device that makes use of feedback. It employs a temperature sensor (often a bimetallic strip) to operate a switch or valve to control electricity or fuel supply. Thermostats are used in central heating, ovens, and automobile engines.
At the required preset temperature (for example of a room or gas oven), the movement of the sensor switches off the supply of electricity to the room heater or gas to the oven. As the room or oven cools down, the sensor turns back on the supply of electricity or gas.
An automatic apparatus for regulating temperature, or for actuating a mechanism at a pre-set temperature.