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Definitions by Wordnik

  1. (noun) An electric generator that produces alternating current.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. 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. - Boing Boing: April 14, 2002 - April 20, 2002 Archives
  2. 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. - Think Progress » Bush Administration Repeatedly Peddled False Information About Iraqi Bio Labs
  3. GM apparently decided that changing the alternator was the ticket, which they did; however, the whine got WORSE. - Thursday Thirteen « The Life and Times of Organic Mama
  4. 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. - Blessed silence « The Life and Times of Organic Mama
  5. 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. - 8. Three-phase Current


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