Origin of exciter

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at excite, -er1
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Examples from the Web for exciter

Historical Examples of exciter

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


    Willis Eugene Tower

  • Usually a separate "exciter" is used, which is a small direct current generator.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for exciter


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