Commutate meaning

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To reverse the direction of (an alternating electric current) each half-cycle to produce a unidirectional current.
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To repeatedly reverse the direction of (an electric current), esp. in a motor that uses direct current as its power source or in a generator that produces direct current.
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Origin of commutate

  • Back-formation from commutator

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition