electric field

noun

: 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 These interactions can produce intense electric fields on the surfaces of nanoparticles made from these plasmonic metals, boosting catalytic activity. IEEE Spectrum, 3 Jan. 2024 So the material is able to withstand very intense electric fields before the bonds break and the transistor is destroyed. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Jan. 2024 However, various other materials undergo similar heating and cooling in response to other external influences, including physical stress, magnetic fields, or electric fields. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 16 Nov. 2023 Alas, that same electric charge makes positrons susceptible to tiny electric fields—and electromagnetism eclipses gravity’s force. Rahul Rao, Popular Science, 27 Sep. 2023 Then, a strange electric field and collective migraine spread across Oslo on an especially hot summer day. Marta Balaga, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 But if there’s a sizable EDM, the electric field will use it to tug on the electron’s spin. Zack Savitsky, Quanta Magazine, 10 Apr. 2023 For charge to move from the source to the drain, a voltage is applied to the gate, changing the electric field and the conductivity of the silicon. IEEE Spectrum, 11 Dec. 2023 This is possible because the laser electric field is comparable in strength to the electric field of the nucleus of the atom. Niranjan Shivaram, The Conversation, 4 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of electric field was in 1879

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“Electric field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electric%20field. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

electric field

noun
: 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

Medical Definition

electric field

noun
: 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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