Neutral conductor

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One of a set of conductors that is connected to an electric source at a point at which there is the least voltage.

Note: 1 The set of conductors may commonly be in the form of a cable.

Note: 2 In a balanced system the neutral conductor carries no significant current and may be connected to earth or omitted altogether.

Note: 3 The point of connection of the neutral conductor at the source is called the neutral point. In a star-connected system it is also called the star point.

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

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