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armature

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noun ar·ma·ture \ˈär-mə-ˌchu̇r, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r\

Simple Definition of armature

  • : the part of an electric motor or generator that produces an electric current when it turns in a magnetic field

  • : a frame used by a sculptor to support a figure that is being modeled

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of armature

  1. 1 :  an organ or structure (as teeth or thorns) for offense or defense

  2. 2 a :  a piece of soft iron or steel that connects the poles of a magnet or of adjacent magnets b :  a usually rotating part of an electric machine (as a generator or motor) which consists essentially of coils of wire around a metal core and in which electric current is induced or in which the input current interacts with a magnetic field to produce torque c :  the movable part of an electromagnetic device (as a loudspeaker) d :  a framework used by a sculptor to support a figure being modeled in a plastic material e :  framework 1a <events that serve as the armature of the book>

Examples of armature in a sentence

  1. <the rigid armature of a highly stratified society>



Origin and Etymology of armature

Middle English, armor, from Latin armatura armor, equipment, from armatus


First Known Use: 15th century


ARMATURE Defined for Kids

armature

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noun ar·ma·ture \ˈär-mə-chər\

Definition of armature for Students

  1. :  the part of an electric motor or generator that turns in a magnetic field





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