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

Examples of electric field in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The magnetic field will create an electric field in the bottom of the cookware, and because of resistance the pan will heat up, even though the hob does not. Kenneth Mcleod, The Conversation, "Magnetic induction cooking can cut your kitchen’s carbon footprint," 23 Dec. 2020 This concept was discovered in the 1830s by English scientist Michael Faraday, who showed that if an electrically conductive material, such as a wire, is placed in a moving magnetic field, an electric field is created in the conductor. Kenneth Mcleod, The Conversation, "Magnetic induction cooking can cut your kitchen’s carbon footprint," 23 Dec. 2020 Applying an electric field transformed the stack from a conductor to an insulator and then, suddenly, into a superconductor: a material that frictionlessly conducts electricity. Charlie Wood, Science | AAAS, "Twisted graphene could power a new generation of superconducting electronics," 19 Nov. 2020 The accelerating charge changes the magnitude of the electric field. Rhett Allain, Wired, "Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet," 26 Sep. 2020 These electric charges create an electric field around the particles—this field allows charges to interact with other charges without even touching. Rhett Allain, Wired, "Here's How You Can 'See' Molecules—on a Whole 'Nother Planet," 26 Sep. 2020 It’s part of a broader category of caloric effects, in which some external trigger — a force, pressure, a magnetic or electric field — induces a change in a material’s temperature. Quanta Magazine, "The Shape-Shifting Squeeze Coolers," 24 Aug. 2020 Yamagashi and his team suspect that bacteria could potentially be launched from Earth by the electric field generated in thunderstorms, landing the way that micrometeorites do in the atmosphere of Earth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Bacteria from Earth can survive in space and could endure the trip to Mars, according to new study," 26 Aug. 2020 The friction that builds up in storm clouds gives rise to an electric field extending to the ground. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "How “St. Elmo’s fire” could help protect aircraft from lightning strikes," 20 Aug. 2020

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Electric field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electric%20field. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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