• synonyms


  1. a person or thing that excites.
  2. Electricity. an auxiliary generator that supplies energy for the excitation of another electric machine.
Show More

Origin of exciter

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at excite, -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for exciter

Historical Examples of exciter

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


    Willis Eugene Tower

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


    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
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012