a rectifier that changes only one half of a cycle of alternating current into a pulsating, direct current.
Words nearby half-wave rectifier
Compare full-wave rectifier.
Origin of half-wave rectifier
First recorded in 1925–30
OTHER WORDS FROM half-wave rectifierhalf-wave rectification, noun
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