stepper motor


Definition of stepper motor

: a motor whose driveshaft rotates in small steps rather than continuously

called also stepping motor

Examples of stepper motor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The current generated by a stepper motor is similar to the sinusoidal current of a sound wave. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 16 Aug. 2016 Which is what makes this DIY organ made out of stepper motors, built by Youtuber Josh Sheldon, so impressive: How does this organ work? Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 16 Aug. 2016 Its electronics then activate a set of stepper motors, which make the hands turn smoothly to display the right reading on the face. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 25 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of stepper motor

1961, in the meaning defined above

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stepper motor

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“Stepper motor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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