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Basic Electrical and Electronic Symbols of EE Components & Elements

Important and Basic Electronic and Electrical Engineering Symbols

Basic Electrical and Electronic Symbols


Resistor (NEMA & IEC System)

Resistor is a passive electrical component that introduces resistance (opposes the flow of current in it) in a circuit to reduce current, divide voltage or for biasing other active components.


Inductor Symbol

Inductor is a passive electrical component that stores energy in the form of magnet field. It is basically an insulated wire wounded in a coil around a core. It has inductive reactance that increases with the frequency thus they acts as a short wire for direct current.  They are used in frequency filter, chokes, transformer & motors etc.


Capacitor Symbol

Capacitor is a passive electrical component that stores energy in the form of electric field. It is made from metal plates with dielectric between them. Its capacitive reactance decreases with frequency thus they block DC while acts as shorted wire for high frequency signal. Almost every electronic component incorporate a capacitor is some form. Some applications of capacitors are filters, wave smoothing, noise filtering etc


Switch Symbol

Switch is an electrical component that is used for breaking or making a circuit. They are used for stopping the current flow in a circuit or start its conduction.

Changeover Switch

Changeover switch Symbol

A changeover switch is as type of switch used for changing or directing the current flow from one terminal to another terminal.


Pushbutton switch Symbol

Push buttons are switches that consist of a button which enable us to make or break the circuit by pressing it with finger. There are different types of push-button switches e.g. some of them recover back to normal position after release or after pressing the button again.  They are used in many applications depending on the requirement.

Male Plug

Male Plug Symbol

It is an electrical connector that connects an electrical cord to a female plug to complete an electrical circuit. it has two or three unshielded pins that inserts into a socket or female plug of the same design.

Female Plug

Female Plug Symbol

The female plug is a connector that has two or three holes instead of pins. The female plug at the end of an electrical cord is used for connecting it to a matching male plug by inserting the pins of male plug into it.


Fuse Symbol

Fuse is an electrical safety device that provides protection against overcurrent. It has thin metal wire that melts due to heat produced by large current & breaks the electrical connection to stop the current flow.

Electric Line

Electric power line Symbol

This symbol represents an electrical conductor such as cables, wires etc. in a circuit schematics.


Electrcial Ground Symbol

The ground in an electrical circuit represents a common reference point from where the voltages are measure & it is the return path for all the currents.


Diode Symbol

Diode is an active electronic component made up of semiconductor. It is made of N type & P type semiconductor material forming a PN junction. The junction allows the current flow in only one direction. They are mainly used for rectification.


DIAC Symbol

The name DIAC is made up of Diode AC switch. it is bi-directional semiconductor device with the analogy of a two diodes connected in antiparallel combinations. It can conduct current in both directions when the voltage increases from its certain breakdown voltage limit. They are mostly used for triggering the TRIAC by connecting it in series with its gate terminal.


Thyristor Symbol

Thyristor or SCR (Silicon controlled rectifier) is a 4 layered PNPN semiconductor device. It has three terminals Anode, Cathode & Gate.  Just like a diode, It is a unidirectional device but with a gate control input for triggering the SCR. It starts conduction when the line voltage increases above the forward breakdown voltage or by applying current to the gate


TRIAC Symbol

The name TRIAC is made up of Triode for Alternating Current. it is a modified version of SCR that can conduct and also control the current flow in both directions. The gate input is used for triggering the conduction in each direction. It can switch high AC current & voltages. They are used in dimmer applications & motor speed control etc.

IC (Integrated Circuit)

IC Symbol

It is a symbol of generic IC (integrated circuit). It is a small chip made up of semiconductor material upon which multiple micro electrical components are fabricated to perform specific task and reduce size.


Amplifier Symbol

Amplifier is an electronic circuit or device used to amplify or increase the amplitude of a signal. This is a generic symbol for amplifier. There are different types of amplifier that depends on electrical quantity it can amplify such as voltage amplifier, current amplifier, power amplifier, radio frequency amplifier etc.


Transistor Symbol

A transistor is a three terminal device made from semiconductor material. It is used for switching or amplification of weak signals. This symbol represents a BJT (bi-polar junction transistor) which is current controlled current device.

Vacuum Tube

Vacuum Tube Symbol

A vacuum tube or electron tube is a sealed tight tube with vacuum and two electrodes. There is a heating element between the electrodes that controls the current flow between the electrodes just like a diode.

AND Gate

AND Gate (ANSI, IEC & NEMA system)

These symbols represent AND Gate in different system such as ANSI, IEC & NEMA. The AND Gate performs the logical inclusive conjunction (True output only if all True inputs). It provides output of logic “HIGH” only when it’s all inputs are logic “HIGH” and provides logic “LOW” for any logic “LOW” at input.

OR Gate

OR Gate (ANSI, IEC & NEMA system)

ANSI, IEC & NEMA representation for OR Gate respectively. The OR Gate performs the logical inclusive disjunction (True output for any True input)’.The output of OR gate is logic “HIGH” when any input is logic “HIGH”. The output becomes logic “LOW” when all of its inputs are logic “LOW”.


NAND Gate Symbol

The NAND Gate is the Inverse of AND gate or “NOT of AND” gate. Its output is logic “High” for logic “LOW” at any input & it is logic “LOW” when all inputs are logic “HIGH”.

NOR Gate

NOR Gate Symbol

NOR Gate is Negative or inverse of OR gate or “NOT of OR” gate. Its output is logic “HIGH” when all inputs are logic “LOW” & it is logic “LOW” for logic “High” at any input.

NOT Gate

NOT Gate Symbol

A NOT Gate also known as logic Inverter, is a single input single output logic gate. It inverts the input logic. The output is logic “LOW” for input logic “HIGH” & it is logic “HIGH” for input logic “LOW”.

7 Segment Display

7 Segment Display Symbol

Seven segment displays is made of 7 LEDs in specific pattern. It is used for displaying decimal numerals and English alphabets. However it can be designed to display numerous characters


Ammeter Symbol

Ammeter or ampere meter is a measurement instrument used to measure the current flow in a power line. It is connected in series with the line through which the current need to be measured.


Voltmeter Symbol

Voltmeter or voltage meter is also a measurement instrument used for measuring the voltage between two points on a circuit. it is always connected in parallel to the points of measurement.


Ohmmeter Symbol

Ohm meter or resistance meter is a measurement instrument used for measuring the resistance of any component. Ohmmeter can be used for checking connectivity in a wire.

Frequency Meter

Frequency Meter symbol

A frequency meter is used for measuring the frequency of a periodic signal such as the frequency of an alternating current in a power line. There are different types of frequency meters depending on its range.


Wattmeter Symbol

A wattmeter is used for measuring the electrical power supplied through a power line. The unit of electrical power is watt thus the name.

Electric Clock

Electric clock Symbol

This symbol represents a clock that is power by electricity in an electrical circuit schematic.

Electrical Counter

Electrical Counter Symbol

This is the symbol used for a generic counter for counting a specific quantity such as energy unit counter. The asterisk is replaced with the symbol of that quantity to represent it.

Recording Instrument

Recording Instrument Symbol

This is a recording or measurement instrument to record a specific quantity and the asterisk is replaced by the symbol of that quantity.


Antenna Symbol

An antenna or aerial is an electrical transducer that converts the electrical signal into radio frequency & vice versa. An antenna can transmit and receive a signal.


Speaker Symbol

A speaker is an electrical transducer that converts the electrical signal into the an audio signal that can be heard by listeners (waves).


Microphone Symbol

A microphone is a transducer that converts the audio signal into an electrical signal that can be processed by any electrical circuit.

Light Bulb

Light Bulb Symbol

A light bulb is an electrical device used to convert the electrical energy into light energy.

Direct Current

Direct Current Symbol

Direct current (DC) is flows of electric charge that does not change its direction. It is unidirectional that flows in a single direction. A battery or a solar cell is a prime source of direct current.

Alternating Current

Alternating Current Symbol

Alternating current (AC) is the flow of electric charge that changes its directions periodically. AC current is used in power transmission over long distance.

Positive Polarity

Positive Polarity Symbol

The plus sign in an electrical circuit schematic shows the positive terminal of potential. The positive terminal is at higher potential than the negative (reference) terminal.

Negative Polarity

Negative Polarity Symbol

The minus sign represents the negative terminal of a potential where the potential is relatively low as compared to the positive terminal. A battery has both positive & negative terminal.

Piezoelectric Crystal

Piezoelectric crystal Symbol

Piezoelectric crystal is a quartz crystal that produces electrical pulses known as clock signal when connected with an oscillator circuit.


Relay Symbol

A relay is an electrical switch that has a set of control terminal & contact terminals. The control temrinals is operated by a single or multiple control signals to switch the contact terminals. They are used for switching relatively high power circuits using low power signals.


Transformer Symbol

A transformer is a stationary electrical machine that transfers the electrical energy between two circuit with increasing or decreasing the levels of voltage and current keeping the frequency constant.

Electric Motor

Electric Motor Symbol

This is a generic symbol used for electrical motors in any electrical schematic designs. A motor is an electrical machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy.


Generator Symbol

A generator is an electrical machine that converts the mechanical energy into electrical energy. This symbol represents a generic generator. There are different types of generator with different symbols.


Battery Symbol

A Battery is direct current source that has electrochemical cells inside that produce electrical power. They are used for storing electrical energy in the form of chemical energy & supply power when needed.

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