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[stey-ter] /ˈsteɪ tər/
Electricity, Machinery. a portion of a machine that remains fixed with respect to rotating parts, especially the collection of stationary parts in the magnetic circuits of a machine.
Compare rotor (def 1).
Aeronautics. the system of stationary airfoils in the compressor of a jet engine.
Origin of stator
1900-05; < New Latin, Latin: literally, one that stands. See status, -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The field system is called the stator, and the armature the rotor.

  • There is a stator ring which entirely surrounds the armature.

  • The coil represents the stationary part, the stator (Fig. 445) and the cup the rotating part, the rotor, of an induction motor.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • This is the part of the variocoupler that is called the stator.

    The Radio Amateur's Hand Book A. Frederick Collins
  • Between the rows of the blading upon the rotor extend similar rows of stationary blades attached to the casing or stator.

    Steam Turbines Hubert E. Collins
  • stator came to me and told me that my son was cleared and a free man.

  • By means of these liners the rotor may be set in its proper running position relative to the stator.

    Steam Turbines Hubert E. Collins
  • I went down at Thompson's pasture: stator came to me, and told me soon that my son was cleared and a free man.

  • The currents in the rotor winding are induced by the action of the rotating magnetic field set up by the stator currents.

British Dictionary definitions for stator


the stationary part of a rotary machine or device, esp of a motor or generator
a system of nonrotating radially arranged parts within a rotating assembly, esp the fixed blades of an axial flow compressor in a gas turbine
Compare rotor (sense 1)
Word Origin
C20: from Latin: one who stands (by), from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stator

1895, from Latin stator, agent noun from stare "to stand" (see stay (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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