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

  • adj. Electricity Relating to two alternating currents with phases differing by 90°.

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  • adj. Having two alternating currents whose phases differ by 90°

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as diphase, diphaser.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Two-cycle; having two phases or stages in a complete cycle, usually an expansion and a compression phase.
  • In electricity, of or pertaining to an alternating-current generator which produces two currents differing in phase by half a cycle, or to a circuit carrying such currents, or to a motor, transformer, or any electrical device used on a two-phase circuit. See quarter-phase.


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