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.

1910–15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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