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A device for the conversion of electric energy.

Note: The device may convert alternating current into alternating current, direct current into direct current, direct current into alternating current, alternating current into direct current, or alternating current into unidirectional current.

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

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