universal motor


noun

a series-wound motor, of one-half horsepower or less, using alternating or direct current.

Nearby words

  1. universal joint,
  2. universal language,
  3. universal life insurance,
  4. universal military training,
  5. universal mill,
  6. universal negative,
  7. universal postal union,
  8. universal product code,
  9. universal quantifier,
  10. universal recipient

Origin of universal motor

First recorded in 1920–25

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


British Dictionary definitions for universal motor

universal motor

noun

an electric motor capable of working on either direct current or single-phase alternating current at approximately the same speed and output
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