commutate

verb
com·​mu·​tate | \ ˈkäm-yə-ˌtāt How to pronounce commutate (audio) , -yü- \
commutated; commutating

Definition of commutate

transitive verb

: to reverse every other half cycle of (an alternating current) so as to form a direct current

First Known Use of commutate

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for commutate

back-formation from commutation

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The first known use of commutate was in 1890

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“Commutate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commutate. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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