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[ik-sahy-ter] /ɪkˈsaɪ tər/
a person or thing that excites.
Electricity. an auxiliary generator that supplies energy for the excitation of another electric machine.
Origin of exciter
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at excite, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Usually a separate "exciter" is used, which is a small direct current generator.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • The current from this exciter is fed into the rotating field by means of slip rings.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • All those fine first feelings, of which he had hoped to be the exciter, were already given.

    Mansfield Park Jane Austen
  • The two exciter engines are each direct connected to a 250 kilowatt direct current generator.

  • Apparently, the only thing wrong with it was the exciter circuit leads, which had been sheared off by a bit of flying metal.

    The Measure of a Man

    Randall Garrett
  • It acts as a regulator of current, in distinction to the Bell telephone, which is only an exciter of current.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • However, as far as the Christmas tree was concerned she was innocent of using him even as an exciter.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • This detector is placed between two parallel wires, and the waves produced by the exciter are reflected from a movable bridge.

  • (direct current) exciter on the end of the armature shaft of the large alternator.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • This is usually obtained from a small auxiliary continuous-current dynamo, called an exciter, which may Excitation.

British Dictionary definitions for exciter


a person or thing that excites
a small generator that excites a larger machine
an oscillator producing a transmitter's carrier wave
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