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

  • n. An electric generator that produces alternating current.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electric generator which produces alternating current through mechanical means.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An electric generator or dynamo for producing alternating currents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See alternater.

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

  • n. an old term for an electric generator that produces alternating current (especially in automobiles)


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  • When the driver presses the accelerator pedal again, the clutch between the engine and the starter-alternator is closed, causing the still turning flywheel to restart the engine without consuming any electrical current.

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  • Saturn is preparing the so-called “Green Line” line of hybrids for sale later this year, using a simplified electric motor/generator in place of a conventional alternator, which is supposed to cost several thousand dollars less than a hybrid from competitors.

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  • GM apparently decided that changing the alternator was the ticket, which they did; however, the whine got WORSE.

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  • The second time, your service department apparently consulted the GM protocol and determined changing the alternator was the only prescribed approach to potentially addressing the issue.

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  • In This type, the three conductor loops are fixed in the stator of the alternator (an alternating-current generator is also called alternator) while the magnetic field in the interior is rotated.

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  • GM has said that 5,000 of its GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express vans are affected by this safety recall - due to a faulty alternator, which is considered a fire risk.

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  • The company has announced that the alternator has been a real breakthrough for the factory as it has become an integral part of the production of transport equipment for the US Army because of its advantages to analogical products. (Sofia News Agency)

  • Dynamo Sliven, which describes itself as "one of the best functioning industrial plants in Bulgaria", has started work on an improved version of its alternator, which is expected to help it achieve even better business positions in the coming months. (Sofia News Agency)

  • They energy needed to create the hydrogen via electrolysis comes form the alternator, which is powered by the combustion engine.

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  • The alternator is a modified Leese Neville 28 volt 100 amp unit that I changed the winding configurations from a double Delta 28 volt output to a single Wye output that gives me 100 volts at 28 amps which is basically just a reverse of the voltage and amperage numbers.

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