Definition of duty cycle in English:

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duty cycle


1The cycle of operation of a machine or other device that operates intermittently rather than continuously.
Example sentences
  • The technical specifications of a tape drive indicate how high a duty cycle it will best operate in.
  • Reliability numbers are based and predicated on an expected duty cycle and mode of operation.
  • In terms of intermittent exercise, this means the duty cycle must decrease as exercise intensity increases if the exercise is to be repeated without a decline in performance.
1.1The time occupied by this, especially as a percentage of available time.
Example sentences
  • If you run it at 80% duty cycle, now you're optimizing your reliability on that particular engine.
  • The specimen was illuminated with an LED that was strobed with a 1/8 duty cycle synchronous with the voltage drive to the sound source.
  • A 100% duty cycle was chosen for ultrasound application.
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