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commutate Line breaks: com¦mu|tate
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmjʊteɪt/

Definition of commutate in English:


[with object]
Regulate or reverse the direction of (an alternating electric current), especially to make it a direct current: (as adjective commutating) commutating coils
More example sentences
  • An electronically commutated motor has a stator with two winding phases.
  • A main switching element is provided to turn ON and OFF an input voltage, and a synchronous commutating switching element is provided to perform synchronous commutation of a load current.
  • The units provide sinusoidal commutated motor drive as well as field-oriented motor control.


Late 19th century: from Latin commutat- 'changed altogether, exchanged, interchanged', from the verb commutare (see commute).

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