direct-current

direct current

noun
Electricity. an electric current of constant direction, having a magnitude that does not vary or varies only slightly. Abbreviation: dc


Origin:
1885–90

direct-current, adjective
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direct current
 
n
Compare alternating current DC a continuous electric current that flows in one direction only, without substantial variation in magnitude

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direct current  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (dĭ-rěkt')  Pronunciation Key 
An electric current that moves in one direction with constant strength. Batteries are a source of direct current. Direct current is not used for long-distance power transmission because it is difficult to step up the voltage to a level that is efficient for energy transfer and then to step the voltage back down again for safe domestic use. Compare alternating current. See Notes at current, Tesla.

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direct current (DC)

The electric current in which the electrons flow in one direction only. (Compare alternating current (AC).)

Note: DC is usually supplied by batteries.
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