inverter

noun
in·​vert·​er | \ in-ˈvər-tər How to pronounce inverter (audio) \

Definition of inverter

1 : one that inverts
2 : a device for converting direct current into alternating current

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The van is powered by a battery system that features a 2,000-watt inverter and optional solar panels. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van with removable components can sleep a family," 21 Nov. 2018 Last week, astronauts on the International Space Station performed some routine surgery on an onboard computer by replacing a power inverter. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Saga of a Stranded Space Station Supercomputer," 18 Mar. 2019 Two 12v power outlets and LED dimming lights run off of a 100ah auxiliary battery system and 400-watt inverter, meaning the whole system can stay off the grid for short periods of time. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Prefab camper van kits cost $13,500," 26 July 2018 Privacy curtains cover the many windows at night, and the whole system is powered by dual solar panels (100 watts each), two 12V batteries, and an inverter with USB and AC outlets. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Boho-chic, fully converted camper van is $35K," 10 Sep. 2018 In the space where the four-speed Moss gearbox used to live is a compact 295-hp, 332-lb-ft AC electric motor (the voltage inverter is in the back, in the previous spare-tire well). WSJ, "1968 Jaguar E-Type Zero: Revamping the Vintage Roadster as an Electric Car," 5 Oct. 2018 In coming years, Gallagher says, solar panels and inverters are going to get so cheap that the vast majority of solar costs are going to be soft costs. David Roberts, Vox, "Robots, floating power plants, and 2-sided panels, oh my: solar tech’s near future," 29 Aug. 2018 Other features include a slatted wood ceiling, wall panels with cubbies, a deluxe remote operated ceiling fan with rain sensor, Two 12v power outlets, and LED dimming lights that run off of a 100ah auxiliary battery system and 400-watt inverter. Megan Barber, Curbed, "DIY camper van: 5 affordable conversion kits you can buy now," 1 Aug. 2018 One inverter is tied to the grid and earns credit from the electric company. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Homes Where Families Go Off the Grid," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of inverter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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