Definition of alternator
: an electric generator for producing alternating current
Recent Examples of alternator from the Web
Missions can often happen in extreme climates, so Battelle can modify the car with things like special alternators to ensure max performance in those conditions.
Howard rushed below and found that the belt driving the alternator and water pump had shredded.
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First Known Use of alternator
ALTERNATOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of alternator for English Language Learners
: a device that produces electricity (as in the engine of a vehicle) : a generator that produces alternating current
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