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The part of a rotary electric machine in which an alternating voltage is generated and the load current is carried, or which, when a current is passed through the coils wound on it, provides motive power.

Note: In Great Britain, the term is used only if the part is on the rotor of the machine, and then it refers to the complete rotor.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

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