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carbon in carbon arc lighting or welding, either of two graphite rods into which electrical current is conducted to form the arc. [1/7 definitions]
chapter 11 a provision of the U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Act that allows a company to reorganize and remain in business, provided it pays its current debts by a date set by a court.
circuit the closed path followed by an electric current. [2/8 definitions]
circuit breaker a switch or other device that automatically interrupts the electric current when a circuit is overloaded or extremely stressed in another way.
closed circuit an electrical circuit that provides for a continuous path for current. [1/2 definitions]
commutate to reverse the direction of (alternating current) to create direct current.
commutator a device for changing the direction of an electric current.
conductance the ability of a conductor or medium to transmit electrical current. (Cf. resistance.)
conductivity the capacity for conducting electric current. [1/2 definitions]
contemporary of or belonging to the present time; current; modern. [1/4 definitions]
converter an electrical device that converts alternating current into direct current or vice versa. [1/5 definitions]
coulomb a unit of electrical charge equal to the charge of 6.28 times 1018 electrons or the charge transferred in one second by a steady current of one ampere.
counter word (chiefly American) a commonly used word whose current meanings have little relationship to its original meaning, such as "nice" or "terrible".
crosscurrent a current, as in a river, that moves at an angle to the main current. [1/2 definitions]
DC2 abbreviation of "direct current," an electric current that flows in one direction. (Cf. "AC.")
diode a conductor in which electrical current may move in only one direction. [2 definitions]
direct current an electric current that flows in one direction. (Cf. alternating current.)
discharge tube a device that produces light by means of an electric current discharged in gas or vapor.
disconnect to break the flow of electric current to, by removing a connection to the power source. [1/3 definitions]
distributor an electrical device in an internal combustion engine that transmits current in proper sequence to the spark plugs. [1/2 definitions]
downdraft an air current that flows downward.