electric field


Definition of electric field

: a region associated with a distribution of electric charge or a varying magnetic field in which forces due to that charge or field act upon other electric charges

Examples of electric field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their proposed instrument exploits the fact that axions inside a strong magnetic field will generate their own small electric field. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists propose listening for dark matter with plasma-based “axion radio”," 17 Oct. 2019 The differences in charge create an electric field, which results in lightning. Wired, "Why Lightning Strikes Twice as Much Over Shipping Lanes," 9 Oct. 2019 Instead the phonons sped up the current in the circuit, thanks to a special material that created an electric field in response to vibrations. Leila Sloman, Scientific American, "Trapping the Tiniest Sound," 30 Aug. 2019 When light hits the plasma, the electrons are accelerated back and forth, following the light’s electric field. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Trampoline mirror may push laser pulse through fabric of the Universe," 14 Sep. 2019 Changing electric fields make curly magnetic fields. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now," 6 Aug. 2019 In this case, the electric field controlled the presence of lithium ions in the spaces in between layers of the MoS2. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Researchers make RAM from a phase change we don’t entirely understand," 18 Dec. 2018 This changing magnetic field creates an electric field that also changes. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of Falling Magnets in Stranger Things Season 3," 9 Aug. 2019 An electric field then accelerates them and routes them out the back of the spacecraft. Sarah Scoles, Scientific American, "The Good Kind of Crazy: The Quest for Exotic Propulsion," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of electric field

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electric field was in 1879

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16 Nov 2019

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“Electric field.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electric%20field. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of electric field

: a region associated with a distribution of electric charge or a varying magnetic field in which forces due to that charge or field act upon other electric charges

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