Definition of transformer in English:


Line breaks: trans|form¦er
Pronunciation: /transˈfɔːmə
, trɑːns-, -nz-/


  • 1An apparatus for reducing or increasing the voltage of an alternating current.
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    • LED lights require a transformer to turn alternating current to direct current.
    • The circuit keeps interrupting itself in this way, gradually boosting voltage through the transformer.
    • Remember, you can only plug mains voltage lighting into an external socket as low voltage lighting requires a transformer and currently most transformers are not suitable for outside use.
  • 2A person or thing that transforms something: the great transformer of mankind
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    • He is known as a daring innovator in science, as an indefatigable researcher and as a great transformer of nature.
    • He himself admires Peter the Great, the legendary but tyrannical transformer of 18th-century Russia.
    • Earth is also the great transformer of chi often serving as a transition between two other elements.

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