Alternator



a generator of .
Historical Examples

For the alternator panels, instruments of the vertical edgewise type are used.
The New York Subway Anonymous

The other appears to have in it a resistance and a battery (or else an alternator).
Letters of a Radio-Engineer to His Son John Mills

The roar of the alternator died down, first to a hum and then to a purr.
The Man Who Rocked the Earth Arthur Train

The alternator began to buzz and spark, crackling viciously.
The Boy Inventors’ Radio Telephone Richard Bonner

The prevailing type of alternator for transmission work is that with internal revolving magnets and external stationary armature.
Electric Transmission of Water Power Alton D. Adams

In the illustration the alternator panels are shown at the left and the feeder panels at the right.
The New York Subway Anonymous

When the ends of the coil are connected to the terminals of an alternator the disc is set in rotation.
The inventions, researches and writings of Nikola Tesla Thomas Commerford Martin

Each vertical row comprises the measuring instruments for an alternator.
The New York Subway Anonymous

I was up here—loading the condenser—when you cut me off from the alternator.
The Man Who Rocked the Earth Arthur Train

The electromotive-force equation of the alternator will be first deduced, and subsequently that of the continuous-current machine.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9 Various

noun
an electrical machine that generates an alternating current
n.

1878, agent noun in Latin form from alternate (v.).
alternator
(ôl’tər-nā’tər)
An electric generator that produces alternating current. The generator’s coil is rotated (by a turbine, motor, or other power source), and its circular path causes it to cut cross a magnetic field (set up by strong magnets), first in one direction, then the other, with each cycle. The electric potential induced in the coil by this motion thus alternates between positive and negative once with each cycle, resulting in alternating current. See more at induction.

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