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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Decreasing in stages.
  • adjective Electricity Serving to reduce voltage.
  • noun A reduction in amount or size.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In electricity, a transformer or other device for lowering the potential in an electric circuit.
  • Serving to convert a current of higher voltage into one of lower voltage: said specifically of transformers and allied devices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Elec.) Transforming or converting a current of high potential or voltage into one of low voltage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective That decreases in stages
  • adjective of a transformer, etc. That reduces a voltage

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of decreasing or reducing something
  • verb give up or retire from a position
  • verb reduce the level or intensity or size or scope of

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