armature
noun Etymology: Middle English, armor, from Latin armatura armor, equipment, from armatus Date: 15th century 1. an organ or structure (as teeth or thorns) for offense or defense 2. a. a piece of soft iron or steel that connects the poles of a magnet or of adjacent magnets b. a usually rotating part of an electric machine (as a generator or motor) which consists essentially of coils of wire around a metal core and in which electric current is induced or in which the input current interacts with a magnetic field to produce torque c. the movable part of an electromagnetic device (as a loudspeaker) d. a framework used by a sculptor to support a figure being modeled in a plastic material e. framework 1a <
the armature of the book derives from fourteenth century EnglandStanley Kauffmann
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