[ stey-ter ]

  1. Electricity, Machinery. a portion of a machine that remains fixed with respect to rotating parts, especially the collection of stationary parts in the magnetic circuits of a machine.: Compare rotor (def. 1).

  2. Aeronautics. the system of stationary airfoils in the compressor of a jet engine.

Origin of stator

1900–05; <New Latin, Latin: literally, one that stands. See status, -tor

Words Nearby stator Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use stator in a sentence

  • The coil represents the stationary part, the stator (Fig. 445) and the cup the rotating part, the rotor, of an induction motor.

    Physics | Willis Eugene Tower
  • The currents in the rotor winding are induced by the action of the rotating magnetic field set up by the stator currents.

  • There is a stator ring which entirely surrounds the armature.

  • Then there is a temple agreeing with the descriptions of that of Jupiter stator upon the Palatine.

    Rambles in Rome | S. Russell Forbes
  • Between the rows of the blading upon the rotor extend similar rows of stationary blades attached to the casing or stator.

    Steam Turbines | Hubert E. Collins

British Dictionary definitions for stator


/ (ˈsteɪtə) /

  1. the stationary part of a rotary machine or device, esp of a motor or generator

  2. a system of nonrotating radially arranged parts within a rotating assembly, esp the fixed blades of an axial flow compressor in a gas turbine

Origin of stator

C20: from Latin: one who stands (by), from stāre to stand

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