amplidyne

noun am·pli·dyne \ˈampləˌdīn\

Definition of amplidyne

plural

-s

  1. :  a direct-current generator that by the use of compensating coils and a short circuit across two of its brushes precisely controls a large power output whenever a small power input is varied in the field winding of the generator

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Origin and Etymology of amplidyne

amplifier + -dyne (from Greek dynamis power) — more at dynamic


First Known Use: 1940


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