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com·mute / kəˈmyoōt/ • v. 1. [intr.] travel some distance between one's home and place of work on a regular basis: she commuted from Westport in to Grand Central Station. 2. [tr.] reduce (a judicial sentence, esp. a sentence of death) to one less severe. ∎  (commute something for/into) change one kind of payment or obligation for (another). ∎  replace (an annuity or other series of payments) with a single payment. 3. [intr.] Math. (of two operations or quantities) have a commutative relationship. • n. a regular journey of some distance to and from one's place of work. DERIVATIVES: com·mut·er n. (in sense 1).

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commutator, device used in an electric generator to convert the alternating current produced in the generator into direct current before the current is sent into an external circuit; it is basically a rotary switching device synchronized with the frequency of the alternating current. Commutators are also used in electric motors to switch currents in order to maintain magnetic polarities necessary to keep the shafts of the motors turning.

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com·mu·ta·tor / ˈkämyəˌtātər/ • n. an attachment, connected to the armature of a motor or generator, through which electrical connection is made and which ensures that the current flows as direct current. ∎  a device for reversing the direction of flow of electric current.

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commute †exchange; change for something else. XVII. — L. commūtāre change altogether, exchange, f. COM- + mūtāre change (see MUTATION).
So commutation XV. — (O)F. or L. commuter XIX.

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