commutate(redirected from commutates)
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tr.v. com·mu·tat·ed, com·mu·tat·ing, com·mu·tates
To reverse the direction of (an alternating electric current) each half-cycle to produce a unidirectional current.
[Back-formation from commutator.]
1. (Electronics) to reverse the direction of (an electric current)
2. (Electronics) to convert (an alternating current) into a direct current
v.t. -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
1. to reverse the direction of (a current or currents), as by a commutator.
2. to convert (alternating current) into direct current by use of a commutator.
[1645–55; back formation from commutation]
Past participle: commutated
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|Verb||1.||commutate - reverse the direction of (an alternating electric current) each half cycle so as to produce a unidirectional current|