commutate

[ kom-yuh-teyt ]
/ ˈkɒm yəˌteɪt /

verb (used with object), com·mu·tat·ed, com·mu·tat·ing. Electricity.

to reverse the direction of (a current or currents), as by a commutator.
to convert (alternating current) into direct current by use of a commutator.

Nearby words

  1. community support officer,
  2. community-service order,
  3. community-supported agriculture,
  4. communize,
  5. commutable,
  6. commutation,
  7. commutation ticket,
  8. commutative,
  9. commutative group,
  10. commutative law

Origin of commutate

First recorded in 1645–55; back formation from commutation

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British Dictionary definitions for commutate

commutate

/ (ˈkɒmjʊˌteɪt) /

verb (tr)

to reverse the direction of (an electric current)
to convert (an alternating current) into a direct current
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