stator

noun
sta·​tor | \ ˈstā-tər How to pronounce stator (audio) \

Definition of stator

: a stationary part in a machine in or about which a rotor revolves

Examples of stator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The wires in the stator were also designed with an eye toward temperature control, says Eric Bach, vice president of hardware engineering and another former Tesla engineer. Eric Adams, Wired, "How the ‘Dead Zone’ Could Help This Car Take on Tesla," 13 Nov. 2020 Image above: The stator generates the magnetic field of the motor. Amy Weiss-meyer, The Atlantic, "Fine Motor Skills," 26 Mar. 2020 One set is stationary (called the stator) and the other is mounted on a rotating shaft (called the rotor). National Geographic, "Edison and Tesla's cutthroat 'Current War' ushered in the electric age," 27 Sep. 2019 Adjusting the current fed to each set can create similar magnetic poles facing each other in the stator and rotor. National Geographic, "Edison and Tesla's cutthroat 'Current War' ushered in the electric age," 27 Sep. 2019 Electricity flows through the stator coils, creating powerful electromagnetic fields with alternate polarities. Jay Leno, Popular Mechanics, "How to Keep Classic Cars Road-Ready," 12 Dec. 2012 In other designs, the magnets can be embedded in the stator, or the magnets can be arranged to work with a DC magnetic field. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Toyota’s new magnet won’t depend on some key rare-earth minerals," 28 Feb. 2018 Electric motors, whether AC or DC, work by causing a magnetic field in the rotating part (rotor) to interact with a magnetic field in the stationary part (stator) of the machine. The Economist, "Do electric cars dream of software fixes?," 22 Apr. 2018 When wire windings in the stator are electrified, the magnetic attraction causes the rotor to rotate. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Toyota’s new magnet won’t depend on some key rare-earth minerals," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of stator

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stator

New Latin, from Latin, one that stands, from stare to stand — more at stand

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The first known use of stator was in 1892

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22 Nov 2020

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“Stator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stator. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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