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motor generator

noun Electricity.
  1. one or more motors mechanically coupled to one or more generators for converting or transforming electric current into mechanical energy.
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Origin of motor generator

First recorded in 1885–90
Also called motor generator set.
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Examples from the Web for motor generator

Historical Examples

  • Set the motor-generator on as firm a foundation as possible.

    The Automobile Storage Battery

    O. A. Witte

  • Voices came to his ears, and the throb of a motor-generator.

  • Don't buy a motor-generator set if you have commercial alternating current in your home.

    The Radio Amateur's Hand Book

    A. Frederick Collins

  • Settled in the middle of the floor now, torn loose from its power leads, the motor-generator began turning.

    The Ultimate Weapon

    John Wood Campbell

  • Shelton had pulled the starting handle of a motor-generator and its rising whine accompanied his words.

British Dictionary definitions for motor generator

motor generator

  1. a generator driven by an electric motor, by means of which the voltage, frequency, or phases of an electrical power supply can be changed
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