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alternating current (AC)


Tesla’s alternating current proved a better solution than Edison’s direct current.
  an electric current that flows back and forth, changing directions rapidly
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alternating current AC current
Strongly Associated with:   direct current (DC)
Notes:
AC current used in households in the United States reverses directions 120 times per second or 60 full cycles.
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  • Tesla’s alternating current proved a better solution than Edison’s direct current.
  • Destroyed by order of the court, enforced by the transmission of high-voltage alternating current through the lobes of his brain.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The lamps that laced every building and walkway produced the most elaborate demonstration of electric illumination ever attempted and the first large-scale test of alternating current.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • On the other side was Westinghouse Electric Company, with a bid to wire Jackson Park for alternating current, using patents that its founder, George Westinghouse, had acquired a few years earlier from Nikola Tesla.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City

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  • Every house has scores of incandescent bulbs powered by alternating current, both of which first proved themselves worthy of large-scale use at the fair; and nearly every town of any size has its little bit of ancient Rome, some beloved and be-columned bank, library or post office.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
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Associated words [difficulty]:   alternating current (AC) [8] , direct current (DC) [8] , direct current (DC) [8]
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