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[ik-sahy-ter] /ɪkˈsaɪ tər/
a person or thing that excites.
Electricity. an auxiliary generator that supplies energy for the excitation of another electric machine.
Origin of exciter
1350-1400; Middle English; see excite, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Apparently, the only thing wrong with it was the exciter circuit leads, which had been sheared off by a bit of flying metal.

    The Measure of a Man Randall Garrett
  • Usually a separate "exciter" is used, which is a small direct current generator.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • It acts as a regulator of current, in distinction to the Bell telephone, which is only an exciter of current.

    The Romance of Modern Invention Archibald Williams
  • All those fine first feelings, of which he had hoped to be the exciter, were already given.

    Mansfield Park Jane Austen
  • But Apollo, exciter of troops, immediately aroused neas against the son of Peleus, and infused into him strong courage.

  • The two exciter engines are each direct connected to a 250 kilowatt direct current generator.

  • Strychnia is thus an exciter of muscular contraction and of motion; exalting sensation in a less degree.

    The Action of Medicines in the System Frederick William Headland
  • (direct current) exciter on the end of the armature shaft of the large alternator.

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
  • However, as far as the Christmas tree was concerned she was innocent of using him even as an exciter.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • This detector is placed between two parallel wires, and the waves produced by the exciter are reflected from a movable bridge.

British Dictionary definitions for exciter


a person or thing that excites
a small generator that excites a larger machine
an oscillator producing a transmitter's carrier wave
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