1. coil in which voltage is induced by motion through a magnetic field;
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2 definitions retrieved:
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Armature \Ar"ma*ture\, n. [L. armatura, fr. armare to arm: cf.
F. armature. See Arm, v. t., Armor.]
1. Armor; whatever is worn or used for the protection and
defense of the body, esp. the protective outfit of some
animals and plants.
2. (Magnetism) A piece of soft iron used to connect the two
poles of a magnet, or electro-magnet, in order to complete
the circuit, or to receive and apply the magnetic force.
In the ordinary horseshoe magnet, it serves to prevent the
dissipation of the magnetic force.
3. (Arch.) Iron bars or framing employed for the
consolidation of a building, as in sustaining slender
columns, holding up canopies, etc. --Oxf. Gloss.
4. (Elec.) That moving part of a dynamo or electric generator
in which a current is induced by a moving through a
magnetic field, or, in an electric motor, the part through
which the applied current moves, thereby generating
torque. The armature usually consists of a series of coils
or groups of insulated conductors surrounding a core of
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: coil in which voltage is induced by motion through a