alternating (adj.) 1550s, prp. adjective from ALTERNATE (Cf. alternate) (v.). Alternating current is recorded from 1839.

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  • alternating — al·ter·nat·ing || ɔːltÉ™neɪtɪŋ adj. rotating, one after the other; interchanging; (Electricity) of a current that changes direction at regular fixed intervals al·ter·nate || ɔːl tɜːnÉ™t v. interchange, take turns, rotate, substitute …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Alternating current — (green curve). The horizontal axis measures time; the vertical, current or voltage. In alternating current (AC, also ac) the movement of electric charge periodically reverses direction. In direct current (DC, also dc), the flow of electric charge …   Wikipedia

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