direct current

noun

Definition of direct current

: an electric current flowing in one direction only and substantially constant in value abbreviation DC

Examples of direct current in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That will be the world’s longest undersea high voltage direct current cable. Jonathan Burgos, Forbes, 15 Mar. 2022 To avoid large losses of power over long distances, the electricity must be converted from alternating current to direct current, and then back again at the other end. New York Times, 4 Jan. 2022 There are three parts to this: converting power from the outlet to RF, transmitting and receiving RF waves, and converting RF to direct current in the receiving device. Simon Hill, Wired, 8 Jan. 2022 When the solar panel collects sunlight, it is absorbed as a direct current or DC. Ken Silverstein, Forbes, 8 Nov. 2021 Those excited electrons produce direct current electricity that is transferred out of the panel through wires. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Nov. 2021 If all devices go off, they are interconnected, typically linked with a red or orange wire to carry a direct current signal in addition to regular alternating current wires for power. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 That power is carried 450 miles on a direct current line across Nevada and southern California to the Adelanto station, where it is distributed to Pasadena, Glendale and several other cities served by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Oct. 2021 The onboard hardware in an EV responsible for converting alternating current to direct current to charge the battery. Sharon Carty, Car and Driver, 7 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of direct current

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Direct current.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/direct%20current. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for direct current

direct current

noun

Kids Definition of direct current

: an electric current flowing in one direction only

direct current

noun

Medical Definition of direct current

: an electric current flowing in one direction only and substantially constant in value abbreviation DC

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