universal motor


: an electric motor that can be used on either an alternating or a direct current supply

Examples of universal motor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Electric pressure washers are designed with either a universal motor or an induction motor. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 17 Oct. 2022 On a universal motor, the power source is linked directly to the blade, providing a lot of power. Popular Science, 1 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of universal motor was in 1925

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“Universal motor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/universal%20motor. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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