Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reverse the direction of (an alternating electric current) each half-cycle to produce a unidirectional current.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To change; commute; specifically, to change the direction of, as an electric or magnetic circuit, or part of a circuit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reverse the direction of (an alternating electric current) each half cycle so as to produce a unidirectional current

Etymologies

Back-formation from commutator.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Despite that we totally get each other and were able to commutate.

    movin right along

  • "We are determined", the commutate says, "to make globalization work for all of our citizens and especially the world's poor."

    CNN Transcript Jul 22, 2001

  • Additionally, can anyone account for the difference between the commutated lump sum and the 15 years of the difference between the annual pension and reduced annual pension? even taking into account tax and NI the difference would amount to an overall loss of approx. 4000 pounds if you commutate.

    Army Rumour Service

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