alternator

noun al·ter·na·tor \ ˈȯl-tər-ˌnā-tər also ˈal- \
|Updated on: 3 Jul 2018

Definition of alternator

: an electric generator for producing alternating current

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First Known Use of alternator

1883

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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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