One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with object To provide (a dynamo) with so many series turns (compared with the number of shunt turns) that the voltage which is generated increases as the load increases. Also (occasionally) without object.
1930s. From over- + compound. Compare earlier overcompound<br>late 19th century; earliest use found in Silvanus Thompson (1851–1916), physicist and electrical engineer. From over- + compound.
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