electric

adjective
elec·​tric | \ i-ˈlek-trik How to pronounce electric (audio) , ē-\

Definition of electric

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 or electrical \ i-​ˈlek-​tri-​kəl How to pronounce electrical (audio) , ē-​ \ : of, relating to, or operated by electricity an electric current an electric heater
2 : exciting as if by electric shock an electric performance an electric personality also : charged with strong emotion the room was electric with tension
b : amplifying sound by electronic means used of a musical instrument an electric guitar
4 : very bright electric blue electric orange

electric

noun

Definition of electric (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : a nonconductor of electricity used to excite or accumulate electricity
2 : something (such as a light, automobile, or train) operated by electricity

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Other Words from electric

Adjective

electrically \ i-​ˈlek-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electrically (audio) , ē-​ \ adverb

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The word electric is derived from the Greek word for amber, elektron. It is only in modern times that practical use has been made of electricity, but some electrical phenomena have been known since antiquity. Certain philosophers of ancient Greece found that by rubbing amber with a piece of cloth, they could enable the amber to pick up light objects, such as feathers. In the 17th century, students of natural science began to discover that other natural phenomena were related to the effect of friction on amber.

Examples of electric in a Sentence

Adjective

The device administers a mild electric shock. It plugs into any electric socket. The electrical cord is damaged. There's a problem with the building's electrical wiring. The pianist gave an electric performance. The atmosphere in the room was electric.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But imagine the possibilities of an all-electric RV. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "RVs Are More Efficient Than Ever, Thanks to Eco-Friendly Manufacturing," 15 May 2019 Sure, electric adjustable desks aren’t cheap, and most don’t scream GAMER as enthusiastically as this one. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Thermaltake reveals a monstrous, RGB-laden $1,200 motorized desk for gamers," 10 May 2019 This sentiment fits perfectly with his eclectic, electric vision of clothing for gender-bending romantics who live in plissé lamés and beaded cardigans with stories embedded in their very fabric. Alexander Fury; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Art of Beauty," 6 May 2019 In some places using cash is beginning to feel as outmoded as mailing a check to pay your electric bill. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019 Humans also add to the problem by failing to secure trash or having chicken coops without bear-halting electric fences. Fox News, "Alaska's human-bear conflicts are on the rise, experts say," 26 Sep. 2018 The video shows the actor walking through a desert landscape before stopping to take out an electric razor. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jason Momoa Just Shaved His Beard and We Don't Know How to Feel," 18 Apr. 2019 Anna Wintour, unmissable in electric blue, swung by early to show her support. Ian Malone, Vogue, "A Vogue-heavy Crowd Came Out to Tonne Goodman’s Point of View Book Party at Bookmarc," 17 Apr. 2019 The electric-auto maker halted online sales of its $35,000 version of the Model 3 sedan last week. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Tesla Can’t Stop Dreaming Big," 15 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Volvo's intention is for all future models, short of plug-in hybrids and full electrics, to feature this form of hybridization. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Volvo to Start Using Electrically Driven Superchargers," 17 May 2019 Advertising Beijing has promoted electrics with billions of dollars in research grants and buyer subsidies. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "China’s auto sales sink in March for 9th month," 12 Apr. 2019 This brilliant little device from Hammacher Schlemmer attaches to a standard household electric drill, and just like any other drill bit, its job is to bore a hole. Michele Petry, House Beautiful, "This Simple Tool Makes Planting a Garden So Much Easier," 3 May 2019 The hybrid electric could carry five passengers 500 miles at speeds of up to 250 mph. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The First Flying-Car Review," 12 Sep. 2018 The company is launching the $70,000 I-Pace electric SUV later this year. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Harry and Meghan's blue Jaguar is a $500,000 green machine," 19 May 2018 The ebony fingerboard has more brightness and snap than the rosewood used on most Fender electrics. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 The Acoustasonic is built from tonewoods found on acoustics rather than the woods Fender uses for its electrics. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Fender's 'Acoustasonic' Is a True Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Guitar," 22 Jan. 2019 Some thoughts on Lime’s e-bikes: The Lime-E electric-assist bikes are relatively heavier compared to a pedal Lime bike. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How autonomous vehicle planner Yes Segura gets around Seattle," 26 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'electric.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of electric

Adjective

1722, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for electric

Adjective

New Latin electricus produced from amber by friction, electric, from Medieval Latin, of amber, from Latin electrum amber, electrum, from Greek ēlektron; akin to Greek ēlektōr beaming sun

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The first known use of electric was in 1646

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electric

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of electric

: of or relating to electricity
: operated by electricity
: providing electricity

electric

adjective
elec·​tric | \ i-ˈlek-trik How to pronounce electric (audio) \

Kids Definition of electric

1 or electrical\ -​tri-​kəl\ : of or relating to electricity or its use an electric current electrical engineering
2 : heated, moved, made, or run by electricity an electric heater an electric locomotive
3 : giving off sounds through an electronic amplifier an electric guitar
4 : having a thrilling effect The singer gave an electric performance.

Other Words from electric

electrically adverb electrically powered cars

electric

adjective
elec·​tric | \ i-ˈlek-trik How to pronounce electric (audio) \
variants: or electrical \ -​tri-​kəl How to pronounce electrical (audio) \

Medical Definition of electric

: of, relating to, or operated by electricity

Other Words from electric

electrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electrically (audio) \ adverb

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