Definition of Alternator

1. Noun. An old term for an electric generator that produces alternating current (especially in automobiles).

Category relationships: Auto, Automobile, Car, Machine, Motorcar
Group relationships: Electrical System
Generic synonyms: Generator

Definition of Alternator

1. n. An electric generator or dynamo for producing alternating currents.

Definition of Alternator

1. Noun. An electric generator which produces alternating current. ¹

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Definition of Alternator

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Alternator

1. Mechanical apparatus with movable transparent racks to which a large number of radiographs can be attached, to enable selection and viewing in front of a stationary bank of lights. Origin: L. Alterno, to do by turns, fr. Alter, either of two (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Alternator

alternative oxidase
alternative oxidase pathway
alternative pathway
alternative pleading
alternative rock
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alternative universe
alternative universes
alternative vote
alternator (current term)

Literary usage of Alternator

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science Abstracts by Institution of Electrical Engineers (1900)
"If there is only a single alternator, then, neglecting the resistance drop, ... OA gives the EMF Further, the power developed by the alternator is ..."

2. A Course in Electrical Engineering by Chester Laurens Dawes (1922)
"As commercial alternators are excited from a separate source, there is no decrease of field current due to the drop in the alternator terminal voltage. ..."

3. Principles and Practice of Electrical Engineering by Alexander Gray (1917)
"282, E0 is the voltage generated by an alternator at no-load, and a circuit is then connected across the alternator terminals which takes a current / from ..."

4. Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers by American Institute of Electrical Engineers (1903)
"1903. ., £« COMMERCIAL alternator DESIGN. BY WL WATERS. Deals with the .chief elements entering into the design of alternators which affect the cost of the ..."

5. Cyclopedia of Applied Electricity: Practical Guide for Electricians by American School of Correspondence (1905)
"(i-) The core (or iron) loss of the alternator is then calculated as follows: Power supplied to motor when driving the alternator at full speed, ..."

6. Principles of Alternating Current Machinery by Ralph Restieaux Lawrence (1920)
"The maximum output of any alternator is limited by its mechanical strength, ... The maximum voltage any alternator can give continuously depends upon the ..."

7. Experimental Electrical Engineering and Manual for Electrical Testing for by Vladimir Karapetoff (1910)
"THE alternator —OPERATING FEATURES. 317. AN alternator is an electrical machine for producing alternating currents. The essential parts of a modern ..."

8. Theory and Calculation of Alternating Current Phenomena by Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1916)
"Sometimes the total effects taking place in the alternator armature are ... Let E0 = generated emf of the alternator, or the emf generated in the ..."

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