alternating current

noun

Definition of alternating current

: an electric current that reverses its direction at regularly recurring intervals abbreviation AC

Examples of alternating current in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These inverters convert the direct current produced by solar panels into the alternating current used by the grid and control the solar power system. Trefis Team, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The company is the go-to manufacturer for solar microinverters – the components that convert a solar panel’s direct current into the alternating current used by the power grid. Q.ai - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Microinverters convert the direct current produced by solar panels into the alternating current that can be used by the grid and homes and are less commoditized compared to solar panels. Trefis Team, Forbes, 21 May 2021 Its products, used in 150 countries, convert direct-current electricity from solar panels into alternating current for the power grid. Jennifer Wang, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 Edison promoted the electric chair (which used alternating current) to discredit his rival. WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 In typical Level 1 (120 volt) or Level 2 (240 volt) charging, alternating current (AC) is converted to direct current (DC), and that energy is stored in the battery pack. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 6 Apr. 2021 Typical generators have varying degrees of distortion in the sine wave of the alternating current. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 9 Dec. 2020 Microinverters convert the direct current produced by solar panels into the alternating current that can be used by the grid and homes and are less commoditized compared to panels. Trefis Team, Forbes, 11 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of alternating current

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alternating current was in 1833

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22 Jun 2021

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“Alternating current.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alternating%20current. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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alternating current

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alternating current

: an electric current that changes its direction very frequently at regular intervals

alternating current

noun

Kids Definition of alternating current

: an electric current that reverses its direction of flow regularly many times per second

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