electric field

noun

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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Researchers placed Linyphiid spiders into a box that limited air movement but mirrored electric fields naturally present in atmospheric conditions. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Spiders use electricity to fly thousands of miles, research shows," 6 July 2018 That removes the option of bending vibration, while stretching the bond has no effect on the electric field (the atoms are identical). Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Ars answers a federal judge’s questions about climate change," 19 Mar. 2018 Some spiders actually managed to take off, but dropped as soon as the electric field was cut. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Spiders Can Fly Through the Air for Miles Using Electricity, Study Finds," 6 July 2018 In stormy weather, this electric field can reach thousands of volts per meter above the ground. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Spiders Can Fly Through the Air for Miles Using Electricity, Study Finds," 6 July 2018 Once the spiders were ballooning in the air, researchers turned the electric field off. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Spiders use electricity to fly thousands of miles, research shows," 6 July 2018 When the electric fields were switched on, the scientists detected a notable difference. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Spiders Can Harness Electric Fields to Fly," 5 July 2018 Performers use their hands to disrupt an electric field, producing eerie music best heard among Victorian graves and echoing mausoleums. Philly.com, "Carrie Underwood, Celebration of Black Arts and other great events in Philadelphia, June 29-July 6," 28 June 2018 Hayabusa2 is powered by ion engines, which accelerate charged atoms of xenon with an electric field to generate thrust. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Japan’s Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Creeps Up on the Ryugu Asteroid," 25 June 2018

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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electric field

noun

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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