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 By firing a specialized organ in its tail, a knifefish creates an electric field that surrounds it like an aura. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 The ballooning Erigone spider uses thin threads of spider silk to catch electric field currents and air currents. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 4 Apr. 2022 The ship was filled with 19 months of research, detailing an accurate geomagnetic mapping of the world created from cutting-edge oceanographic data and some of the first worldwide information about the Earth’s negative electric field. Kimberly Bowker, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2022 The increase in temperature allows the molecules in the material to rotate into a polarized state, due to their interaction with the electric field. Rhett Allain, Wired, 28 Jan. 2022 The common orientation of the atoms (caused by the applied magnetic field) causes the orientation of the light’s electric field to rotate. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2022 The other method is to heat up a material in an electric field. Rhett Allain, Wired, 28 Jan. 2022 This creates an electric field that grows until a gigantic spark jumps across the sky. Thomas Lewton, Quanta Magazine, 20 Dec. 2021 But anything that conducts an electric field also conducts a magnetic field in the orthogonal direction. James Conca, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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15 Jun 2022

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“Electric field.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electric%20field. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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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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