Meaning of “alternator” in the English Dictionary

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"alternator" in British English

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alternatornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɒl.tə.neɪ.tər/ us /ˈɑːl.tɚ.neɪ.t̬ɚ/ specialized


  • He set the big alternator at work at top speed.
  • In the illustration the alternator panels are shown at the left and the feeder panels at the right.
  • The alternator began to buzz and spark, crackling viciously.
  • The roar of the alternator died down, first to a hum and then to a purr.
  • When the ends of the coil are connected to the terminals of an alternator the disc is set in rotation.

(Definition of “alternator” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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