eddy current

noun

Definition of eddy current

: an electric current induced by an alternating magnetic field

Examples of eddy current in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Magnets and eddy current machines pull out aluminum and steel cans, sending them to the appropriate bins to be flattened, baled together and sold. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al.com, "Montgomery bet $31 million on future of recycling and its ‘magic garbage machine’," 17 June 2019 After the 2016 incident, Southwest began conducting eddy current inspections, a test similar to ultrasonic inspections, on planes brought into the shop. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Southwest plane engine failure that caused an emergency landing complied with inspection recommendations," 3 May 2018 Molten minerals tend to be better conductors, which means stronger eddy currents. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Star’s magnetic field could turn habitable-zone planets into magma soup," 27 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of eddy current

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Eddy current.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eddy%20current. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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