armature: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (är'mu-chur), [key]
— n.
  1. armor.
  2. the protective covering of an animal or plant, or any part serving for defense or offense.
    1. the part of an electric machine that includes the main current-carrying winding and in which the electromotive force is induced.
    2. the pivoted part of an electric device, as a buzzer or relay, that is activated by a magnetic field.
    3. the iron or steel applied across the poles of a permanent magnet to close it, or across the poles of an electromagnet to transmit a mechanical force. See illus. underelectromagnet.
  3. a skeletal framework built as a support on which a clay, wax, or plaster figure is constructed.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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