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al·ter·nat·ing current

(ôl′tər-nā′tĭng, ăl′-)
n. Abbr. AC
An electric current that reverses direction in a circuit at regular intervals.

alternating current

n
(Electrical Engineering) a continuous electric current that periodically reverses direction, usually sinusoidally. Abbreviation: AC Compare: direct current

al′ternating cur′rent


n.
an electric current that reverses direction at regular intervals, having a magnitude that varies continuously in a sinusoidal manner. Abbr.: AC Compare direct current.
[1830–40]

al·ter·nat·ing current

(ôl′tər-nā′tĭng)
An electric current that reverses its direction of flow at regular intervals. Because the voltage of alternating current can be easily controlled with transformers, this is the type of electricity generated by power stations. The transformers raise the voltage to make it easier to transmit over long distances, then lower the voltage for safer use in homes and buildings. Compare direct current. See Notes at current, Tesla.

alternating current

A rapidly reversing electric current.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alternating current - an electric current that reverses direction sinusoidallyalternating current - an electric current that reverses direction sinusoidally; "In the US most household current is AC at 60 cycles per second"
electrical energy, electricity - energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor; "they built a car that runs on electricity"
direct current, direct electric current, DC - an electric current that flows in one direction steadily
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alternating current

[ˈɒltəneɪtɪŋˈkʌrnt] ncorrente f alternata
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