### Quick Guide To Common Multimeter Symbols and Abbreviations

Ever wonder what all the symbols and abbreviations mean on your multimeter. Here is a quick reference guide to help decode some of the more common symbols and abbreviations appearing on multimeters.

Capacitor

Diode

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Capacitor

Diode

**AC**Alternating current or voltage**~**Alternating current or voltage**•)))**Audible Continuity**DC**Direct current or voltage**⎓**Direct current or voltage**V**Volts**mV**Millivolts (1 x 10^{- 3}volts)**A**Ampere (amps). Current**⏛**Fuse**⏚**Ground**mA**Milliampere (1 x 10^{-3}amps)**uA**Microampere (1 x 10^{-6}amps)**nS**Nanosiemens (1 x 10^{-9}siemens). Conductance (1/W)**Ω**Ohms. Resistance**kΩ**Kilohm (1 x 10^{3}ohms). Resistance**MΩ**Megohm (1 x 10^{6}ohms). Resistance**Hz**Hertz (1 cycle/sec). Frequency**kHz**Kilohertz (1 x 10^{3}cycles/sec). Frequency**mF**Microfarads (1 x 10^{-6}Farads). Capacitance**nF**Nanofarads (1 x 10^{-9}Farads). Capacitance**-**Negative**+**PositiveGood DX and 73, NJ2X

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