alternator

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

Definition of alternator

: an electric generator for producing alternating current

Examples of alternator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's also a front-end accessory drive kit available, which includes an alternator, power-steering pump, belts, pulleys and mounting hardware. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Demonize Anything You Want with 807-HP Mopar Hellcrate Redeye Engine," 6 Nov. 2020 How Generators Work Generators consist of two major components: an engine and an alternator. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Portable Generators to Keep Your Home Running," 9 Dec. 2020 These motorhomes have an auxiliary alternator belt that may wear and detach. Detroit Free Press, "Car safety recalls for August 27-Sept. 3," 4 Sep. 2020 These motorhomes have an auxiliary alternator belt that may wear and detach. Detroit Free Press, "Car safety recalls for August 27-Sept. 3," 4 Sep. 2020 On the 400-mile trek, Bertha's battery started flagging and its alternator busted. Lauren Smiley, Wired, "The True Story of the Antifa Invasion of Forks, Washington," 8 Oct. 2020 These motorhomes have an auxiliary alternator belt that may wear and detach. Detroit Free Press, "Car safety recalls for August 27-Sept. 3," 4 Sep. 2020 These motorhomes have an auxiliary alternator belt that may wear and detach. Detroit Free Press, "Car safety recalls for August 27-Sept. 3," 4 Sep. 2020 These motorhomes have an auxiliary alternator belt that may wear and detach. Detroit Free Press, "Car safety recalls for August 27-Sept. 3," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of alternator

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alternator

alternate entry 2 + -or entry 1

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The first known use of alternator was in 1883

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“Alternator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alternator. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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alternator

noun

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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