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reactive component

noun, Electricity
the component in an alternating-current circuit that does not contribute power because it is 90° out of phase with the voltage or current.
Also called wattless component.
Origin of reactive component
1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Initial tests showed that resin contacted with methanol, acetone, and hot water did not wash out the reactive component.
  • Reaction of alkalis with strained quartz is thought to be one reactive component of aggregates causing this reaction.
  • Each node contains both a deliberative and a reactive component.
  • The latter sample includes a reactive component primarily representing the current flow through the antenna capacitance to ground.

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