Part of speech: noun

A piece of soft iron or wire- wound metal joining or rotating near the poles of a magnet.

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Usage examples "armature":

  1. Bless the pair of them, they might have been a month there, and no better off- for, you must know that I had taken out the armature, and if you take out an armature and don't slip a bit of soft iron in after it, your magnets are done for, and will never be worth anything again until they are re- magnetised. - "The Man Who Drove the Car", Max Pemberton.