ar·​ma·​ture | \ ˈär-mə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce armature (audio) , -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r \

Definition of armature

1 : an organ or structure (such as teeth or thorns) for offense or defense
2a : a piece of soft iron or steel that connects the poles of a magnet or of adjacent magnets
b : a usually rotating part of an electric machine (such as a generator or motor) which consists essentially of coils of wire around a metal core and in which electric current is induced or in which the input current interacts with a magnetic field to produce torque
c : the movable part of an electromagnetic device (such as a loudspeaker)
d : a framework used by a sculptor to support a figure being modeled in a plastic material
e : framework sense 1a events that serve as the armature of the book

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Examples of armature in a Sentence

the rigid armature of a highly stratified society
Recent Examples on the Web The first was a metal Tyrannosaurus Rex armature decked out with sensors, which stop-motion animators could position as needed. CNN, 16 July 2021 The balanced armature drivers were specially designed by Lypertek to deliver optimal performance and peak efficiency. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 18 June 2021 But as Gordon Teskey demonstrates in a new collection of essays, those willing to look past the poem’s daunting reputation and its bristling armature of scholarly impedimenta might discover a lifelong—indeed, life-sustaining—obsession. Catherine Nicholson, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 A million little things, but the armature on which the awards process is built is evolving informational technology., 7 June 2021 Each earbud is fitted with a bespoke 9.2mm dynamic driver alongside a ‘balanced armature’ driver that brings extra definition to the upper registers of the audio. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2021 The Las Vegas armature fabricator and Browder will drive the skeletal structure from Las Vegas to L.A. on Friday. Deborah Vankin Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 The Las Vegas armature fabricator and Browder will drive the skeletal structure from Las Vegas to L.A. on Friday. al, 5 Mar. 2021 The hefty piece is made from fiberglass over a steel armature. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of armature

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for armature

Middle English, "armor, armed force," borrowed from Latin armātūra "armament, troop" (Medieval Latin, "suit of armor, defensive equipment of an animal"), from armātus, past participle of armāre "to arm entry 2, equip" + -ūra -ure

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24 Jul 2021

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“Armature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of armature

: the part of an electric motor or generator that produces an electric current when it turns in a magnetic field
: a frame used by a sculptor to support a figure that is being modeled


ar·​ma·​ture | \ ˈär-mə-chər How to pronounce armature (audio) \

Kids Definition of armature

: the part of an electric motor or generator that turns in a magnetic field

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