Generator and Motor are two different devices with different applications. A generator is a wider term used to define a machine which produces electricity. We will be focusing on the function of a particular element of a power generator called the alternator.

generator
                                   GENERATOR

In fact its the alternator which does the work of producing electricity. On the other hand, a motor is a device which is used for pumping water. However, a motor can be used for many other uses and applications.

motor

Just for sake of taking note, let’s be clear once again that the term “generator” is a wider term and for the context of the current article it is actually the functioning of an alternator that we are referring to when we use the term “Generator”.
Also Read: What is the difference between earthing and grounding?

Also to be noted before we go on to understand the difference between a generator and a motor is the fact that motors and generators are available in both AC/DC variants. We would be keeping this fact in mind while continuing with the article.

See the Tabular difference between the Generator and Motor on the next page