Meaning of self-excitation in English:


Pronunciation /ˌsɛlfˌɛksʌɪˈteɪʃn/


  • 1 rare The action or process of stirring oneself to action or passion; the action or process of exciting oneself.

  • 2The generation of an electric current, magnetic field, etc., within a device (especially a dynamo or other rotating electromagnetic induction machine) by the device itself, rather than by an external source.


Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Watson (d. 1686), ejected minister. From self- + excitation.