from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The rotating part of a dynamo, consisting essentially of copper wire wound around an iron core.
- noun The moving part of an electromagnetic device such as a relay, buzzer, or loudspeaker.
- noun A piece of soft iron connecting the poles of a magnet.
- noun Biology A protective covering, structure, or organ of an animal or a plant, such as teeth, claws, thorns, or the shell of a turtle.
- noun A framework serving as a supporting core for the material used to make a sculpture.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Military equipment; especially, defensive armor.
- noun In zoology and anatomy: Any part or organ of an animal serving as a means of defense or offense.
- noun Any apparatus or set of organs without reference to defense; an equipment; an appanage: as, the genital or the anal armature.
- noun In botany, the hairs, prickles, etc., covering an organ.
- noun A body of armed troops.
- noun In architecture, any system of bracing in timber or metal, as the iron rods used to sustain slender columns, to hold up canopies, etc.
- noun A piece of soft iron applied simply by contact to the two poles of a magnet or electromagnet as a means of maintaining the magnetic power undiminished.
- noun That part of an electric machine in which electric power is generated (generator) or consumed (motor). Sometimes the rotating element is called
armature, irrespective of its function. See field, 13.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Armor; whatever is worn or used for the protection and defense of the body, esp. the protective outfit of some animals and plants.
- noun (Magnetism) A piece of soft iron used to connect the two poles of a magnet, or electro-magnet, in order to complete the circuit, or to receive and apply the magnetic force. In the ordinary horseshoe magnet, it serves to prevent the dissipation of the magnetic force.
- noun (Arch.) Iron bars or framing employed for the consolidation of a building, as in sustaining slender columns, holding up canopies, etc.
- noun (Elec.) That moving part of a dynamo or electric generator in which a current is induced by a moving through a magnetic field, or, in an electric motor, the part through which the applied current moves, thereby generating torque. The armature usually consists of a series of coils or groups of insulated conductors surrounding a core of iron.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The rotating part of an
electric motoror dynamo, which mostly consists of coils of wire around a metal core.
- noun The moving part in an electromechanical device like a loudspeaker or a buzzer.
- noun A piece of soft steel or iron that connects the
polesof a magnet
- noun A supporting
frameworkin a sculpture.
- noun A protective organ, structure, or covering of an animal or plant, for defense or offense, like claws, teeth, thorns, or the shell of a turtle.
Armoror a suit of armor.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun coil in which voltage is induced by motion through a magnetic field
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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King Kong armature from the 1933 film was recently auctioned off by Christie’s of London.
The cylindrical structure on the end of an armature, which is designed to change the polarity of the current.
Practical Mechanics for Boys J. S. Zerbe
In these, by means of a steam-engine or other power, a number of coils of wire called the armature are set into rapid revolution between the poles of powerful electro-magnets.
A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery. With a Short Explanation of Some of the Principal Natural Phenomena. For the Use of Schools and Families. Enlarged and Revised Edition. Anonymous
This depression is effected by means of an electro-magnet, E, whose armature, which is connected with the rod, _t, t_, lifts the arm, _i_, of the lever, and depresses A.
Scientific American Supplement, No. 455, September 20, 1884 Various
The armature was the base for a 56cm (22in) model of the gorilla used in the film's climax at the top of the Empire State Building in New York.
Interwoven through the armature was a continuous white canvas ribbon emblazoned with the
I think they need some kind of armature, or make them out of straight concrete and thicker.
"Second: The plastic mediator - that is to say, the metallic envelope, separated from the epidermis and the flesh, a kind of armature with flexible joints, in wich the internal system is firmly fixed."
Eva do Amanhã Artur 2007
She built some kind of armature on my head and was able to make all of the hair stand on end.
whitehelmet Diary Entry whitehelmet 2005
The most convenient motion to give the conductor in practice is one of rotation, and hence the dynamo usually consists of a coil or series of coils of insulated wire termed the "armature," which is mounted on a spindle and rapidly rotated in a strong magnetic field between the poles of powerful magnets.
The Story of Electricity John Munro 1889
qroqqa commented on the word armature
Misused, I think, in the translation of Calvino's Invisible Cities (several times): the English word doesn't have the sense "house frame" of Italian armatura.
July 3, 2008
shevek commented on the word armature
Also the frame used to construct a sculpture; often used thus metaphorically.
November 6, 2008