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rectifier

[rek-tuh-fahy-er]
noun
  1. a person or thing that rectifies.
  2. Electricity. an apparatus in which current flows more readily in one direction than the other, for changing an alternating current into a direct current.
  3. the apparatus that in distillation separates the most volatile material by condensing it; condenser.
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Origin of rectifier

First recorded in 1605–15; rectify + -er1
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rectifier

noun
  1. an electronic device, such as a semiconductor diode or valve, that converts an alternating current to a direct current by suppression or inversion of alternate half cycles
  2. chem an apparatus for condensing a hot vapour to a liquid in distillation; condenser
  3. a thing or person that rectifies
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Word Origin and History for rectifier

n.

1610s, agent noun from rectify.

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rectifier in Science

rectifier

[rĕktə-fī′ər]
  1. An electrical device that converts alternating current to direct current. Rectifiers are most often made of a combination of diodes, which allow current to pass in one direction only. Compare converter transformer.
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