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[in-vur-ter] /ɪnˈvɜr tər/
a person or thing that inverts.
Electricity. a device that converts direct current into alternating current.
Compare converter.
Origin of inverter
1605-15; invert + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for inverter
  • Each motor will require its own expensive, complex inverter.
  • To produce power that can be used in the home, solar shingles require additional equipment such as a power inverter.
  • If the system is off the grid, you'll need to buy batteries and an inverter.
  • The inverter should be located close to the battery that will supply its power, but not in the same compartment or cargo hold.
  • Add the cost of solar cells on top of your garage and an inverter and you are talking a grand a month.
  • inverter time to trip and/or shutdown is recorded for different load configurations described below.
British Dictionary definitions for inverter


any device for converting a direct current into an alternating current
(computing) another name for NOT circuit
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inverter in Science
  1. An electronic device that reverses the sign of the current or voltage of a signal or power source. Also called phase inverter.

  2. An electrical device used to convert direct current into alternating current.

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