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 magnetsb : 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 torquec : 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 materiale : framework 1a events that serve as the armature of the book
Examples of armature in a Sentence
the rigid armature of a highly stratified society
Recent Examples of armature from the Web
The various organs and bones were constructed on wire armatures and then painted.
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Origin and Etymology of armature
Middle English, armor, from Latin armatura armor, equipment, from armatus
First Known Use: 1653
ARMATURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of armature for English Language Learners
: 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
ARMATURE Defined for Kids
Definition of armature for Students
: the part of an electric motor or generator that turns in a magnetic field
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