Rectifiers

rectifier

[rek-tuh-fahy-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that rectifies.
2.
Electricity. an apparatus in which current flows more readily in one direction than the other, for changing an alternating current into a direct current.
3.
the apparatus that in distillation separates the most volatile material by condensing it; condenser.

Origin:
1605–15; rectify + -er1

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rectifier (ˈrɛktɪˌfaɪə)
 
n
1.  an electronic device, such as a semiconductor diode or valve, that converts an alternating current to a direct current by suppression or inversion of alternate half cycles
2.  chem an apparatus for condensing a hot vapour to a liquid in distillation; condenser
3.  a thing or person that rectifies

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rectifier  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (rěk'tə-fī'ər)  Pronunciation Key 
An electrical device that converts alternating current to direct current. Rectifiers are most often made of a combination of diodes, which allow current to pass in one direction only. Compare converter, transformer.

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