trans·​form·​er | \ tran(t)s-ˈfȯr-mər How to pronounce transformer (audio) \

Definition of transformer

: one that transforms specifically : a device employing the principle of mutual induction to convert variations of current in a primary circuit into variations of voltage and current in a secondary circuit

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IndyGo is responsible for identifying the charging sites, securing permits and working with the electric utility to bring power and a transformer to the charging sites. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "IndyGo says it has a fix for Red Line buses that don't go the distance. Here's how it's worked elsewhere.," 3 May 2019 Naranjo’s La Chinita neighborhood has gone without power since late March, when a transformer exploded. Washington Post, "Mounting economic chaos leaves many Venezuelans in the dark," 4 May 2018 Electrical transformers transfer energy between circuits, switching energy from one voltage to another. Cassie Rodenberg, Popular Mechanics, "How Transformers Can Explode," 28 Dec. 2018 During the recording session, guitarist Grady Martin’s six-string bass guitar was being run through a console with a defective transformer. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "Glenn Snoddy, Nashville engineer who brought ‘fuzz tone’ to rock, dies at 96," 30 May 2018 Texas City Emergency Management reported that an electrical transformer fire broke out at the CenterPoint facility near FM 517 and Highway 146 on Tuesday afternoon, sending black plumes of smoke billowing into the sky. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Fire breaks out at Texas City substation," 8 May 2018 Key pieces of equipment, such as transformers and transmission wires, are 25 years or older. Fox News, "Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits," 24 Aug. 2018 Amid the explosions a transformer combusted into flames, sending fire through its electrical wires to nearby residences and restaurants. Jon Emont, WSJ, "Bangladesh Fire Points to Safety Shortfalls Despite Progress in Garment Industry," 22 Feb. 2019 Older transformers can explode when their insulating materials begin to fail. Cassie Rodenberg, Popular Mechanics, "How Transformers Can Explode," 28 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of transformer

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transformer was in 1596

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English Language Learners Definition of transformer

technical : a device that changes the voltage of an electric current


trans·​form·​er | \ trans-ˈfȯr-mər How to pronounce transformer (audio) \

Kids Definition of transformer

: a device for changing the voltage of an electric current

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