Meaning of “direct current” in the English Dictionary

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"direct current" in British English

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direct currentnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdaɪ.rekt ˈkʌr.ənt/ us /ˌdaɪ.rekt ˈkɝː.ənt/ abbreviation DC specialized

Examples from literature

  • All our transmission is done at high voltage direct current. 
  • Electrical power is supplied to single-trolley railroads principally in the form of direct current. 
  • How does a conductor behave in connection with direct current and how with alternating current? 
  • The presence of the condenser precludes the possibility of direct current flowing in this path. 
  • The switches of the direct current circuits are hand-operated and are located upon boards at the right and left of the control board. 

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

"direct current" in American English

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direct currentnoun [ U ]

us /dəˈrekt ˈkɜr·ənt, dɑɪ-, ˈkʌr-/

physics electric current that moves only in one direction, like the electricity that comes from a battery

(Definition of “direct current” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)