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

Examples of inverter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While parked in a driveway, a short in the rear power inverter triggered a pyrotechnic fuse, which prevented an even worse outcome. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "Our 2019 Tesla Model 3 Has Changed a Lot in Just Six Months," 16 Apr. 2020 Pure sine wave inverters produce power which equals — or is better than — the power in your home. Dallas News, "If you’re stuck at home, make sure you’re prepared if the power goes out," 9 Apr. 2020 Bollinger noted in a press release that the way in which components such as the motors, inverters, and gearboxes are centrally arranged—which favorably alters the vehicle's center of gravity—makes them different from other production vehicles. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "Bollinger Files Patent for Electric Truck and SUV, Saying They're Just That Unusual," 8 Jan. 2020 Then the inverter is then connected to the battery, or in my case batteries. Michael R. Shea, Outdoor Life, "Build the Ultimate Bowfishing Boat," 15 Apr. 2020 However, to completely power an RV may require 500 or more watts, which requires large solar panels taking a substantial amount of space, extra batteries for storage, a charge controller, and an inverter. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Keys to Buying a Solar Charger for Your RV or Boat," 10 Apr. 2020 The inverter that powers the AC outlets on the Jackery produces pure sine wave power. Dallas News, "If you’re stuck at home, make sure you’re prepared if the power goes out," 9 Apr. 2020 The system’s 250 kW energy storage inverter, 500 kW DC fast charge converter, and 500 kWh battery could charge an aircraft the size of Beta’s forthcoming 6-passenger Alia—which has a 350 kWh battery pack—in about one hour, Palombini says. Eric Adams, Wired, "A Rest Stop Where Flying Cars Can Recharge," 29 Mar. 2020 Working remotely likely means incurring additional costs of powering generators or purchasing inverters. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Even a global pandemic won’t be enough to trigger a work-from-home revolution in Nigeria," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of inverter

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Inverter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inverter. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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