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Alternating current

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Definition of the noun alternating current

What does alternating current mean as a name of something?


  1. an electric current that reverses direction sinusoidally

Alternative definition of the noun alternating current


  1. an electric current in which the direction of flow of the electrons reverses periodically having an average of zero, with positive and negative values (with a frequency of 50 Hz in Europe, 60 Hz in the US, 400 Hz for airport lighting, and some others); especially such a current produced by a rotating generator or alternator.


"Alternating Current" is a musical album of AC/DC.

  • released in (23 years ago)


"Alternating current" is a book written by Octavio Paz.

  • language: Spanish Language
  • released in (42 years ago)


Alternating current is Helen Lane's translation of Corriente alterna by Octavio Paz.

  • award:
    • National Book Award for Translation nomination for Helen Lane
    • National Book Award for Translation, received by Helen Lane

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alternating current

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Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Electrical Engineering (1999)

by Phillip A. Laplante

COVKKIK wxo scan re* iHME SOUKD IKS iX AUPtHUM aoouuito cj*m« «M alternating current (AC) a periodic current the average value of which over a period is zero. alternating current machine an electromechanical system that either ...

Google previewCraftsman's Construction Installation Encyclopedia (2004)

by Stephen Diller, Janelle Diller

Electricity is provided in the United States and Canada as either single or triple phase alternating current. The high voltage service lines from the power source to user locations are run either overhead or underground, with transformers ...

Google previewHawkins' electrical dictionary (1910)

a cyclopedia of words, terms, phrases and data used in the electric arts, trades and sciences by Nehemiah Hawkins

Alternating Current Transformer. Alignment. — 1. The line to which adjustment is made, or things are arranged in line ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Physics (2013)

by Robert Besancon

Since any alternating current may be expressed as the sum of a series of sinusoidal terms, the remainder of this article will be devoted to a discussion of sinusoidal voltages and currents. Root-mean-square Value The equation for an ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica ... (1902)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and General Literature ... in Thirty Volumes with New American Supplement

An alternating current transformer is an appliance for creating an alternating current of any required magnitude and ...

Google previewThe New Volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1902)

Constituting in Combination with the Existing Volumes of the Ninth Edition, the Tenth Edition of that Work, and Also Supplying a New, Distinctive, and Independent Library of Reference Dealing with Recent Events and Developments

An alternating current transformer may be constructed to transform either single- phase or polyphase currents. (2) A continuous current transformer is an appliance which effects a similar transformation for continuous currents, with the ...

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