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see generatorgenerator,
in electricity, machine used to change mechanical energy into electrical energy. It operates on the principle of electromagnetic induction, discovered (1831) by Michael Faraday.
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alternator

[′ȯl·tər‚nād·ər]
(electricity)
A mechanical, electrical, or electromechanical device which supplies alternating current.
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alternator

A generator of alternating current which is produced by the turning of its rotor.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

alternator

A source of electrical power in aircraft that is akin to a generator except that it requires battery power to excite a magnetic field to enable the alternator to provide current.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

alternator

an electrical machine that generates an alternating current
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