alternating current

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alternating current (AC)

An electric current in which the flow reverses periodically. (Compare direct current (DC).)

Note: In the United States, most household current is AC, going through sixty reversal cycles each second. Electric motors in household appliances are designed to work with current at this rate of reversal.
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