al·​ter·​na·​tor | \ ˈȯl-tər-ˌnā-tər also ˈal- How to pronounce alternator (audio) \

Definition of alternator

: an electric generator for producing alternating current

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An American flag covers a window in the back of the dining space that looks into the mechanic shop next door, where Chhoker’s husband, Raj Chhoker, works daily aligning tires and replacing alternators. Jaweed Kaleem,, "How a rural Oklahoma truck stop became a destination for Sikh Punjabis crossing America," 27 June 2019 As in the Jeep Wrangler, FCA’s eTorque system uses a high-output alternator/starter coupled to the engine via an eight-ribbed belt. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2019 Ram 1500," 15 Mar. 2018 Mounted between the nine-speed automatic transmission and the engine output shaft, this motor-generator replaces the alternator and traditional starter motor. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "he 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE580 Has a Hybrid V-8 More Powerful Than an AMG GT," 22 May 2019 The alternator and wiring loom needed to be replaced, then Alonso crashed and hit the wall three times Wednesday. Jenna Fryer, The Seattle Times, "Alonso and McLaren miss Indy 500 on first day of qualifying," 18 May 2019 Freeing up the motor from having to run a cooling fan and alternator means more power makes it to the wheels. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Ram 1500 eTorque: Why the Electrified Pickup Truck Is Even Better," 19 Sep. 2018 In cases like this, a lot of people install a 6-volt alternator or even convert to a 12-volt system, but a Cord is a very special vintage car. Jay Leno, Popular Mechanics, "How to Keep Classic Cars Road-Ready," 12 Dec. 2012 On top of that, there are all the parts—alternators, a/c compressors, whole engines—that get reused rather than manufactured anew. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "How to Hit the Junkyard," 27 Nov. 2018 If the engine is running, the alternator is producing so much extra electricity that the seat heaters can run indefinitely. Ray Magliozzi,, "Car Talk: It's Safe To Use Seat Heaters If Stranded In Snow," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of alternator

1883, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of alternator

: a device that produces electricity (as in the engine of a vehicle) : a generator that produces alternating current

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