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 electric (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

Other Words from electric

Adjective

electrically \ i-​ˈlek-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce electric (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 An automatic tip-over switch has been required on portable electric and kerosene heaters since at least 2002, along with additional protection around the heating coils to prevent fires. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 Investigators determined that a malfunctioning electric space heater, plugged in on a cold morning, started the fire in the 19-story building. BostonGlobe.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Investigators determined that a malfunctioning electric space heater, plugged in to give extra heat on a cold morning, started the fire in the 19-story building. chicagotribune.com, 10 Jan. 2022 The Jackass crew, those lovable, ever-inventive scamps with impossibly high pain thresholds, brave unexpected gut punches, angry animals, electric shocks and more in the new trailer for Jackass Forever. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 10 Jan. 2022 Investigators determined that a malfunctioning electric space heater, plugged in to give extra heat on a cold morning, started the fire in the 19-story building. Anchorage Daily News, 10 Jan. 2022 The blaze was caused by a malfunctioning electric space heater, the fire commissioner said. Melissa Mahtani, CNN, 10 Jan. 2022 As for grunt, the powertrain comprises two electric motors that power the front and rear axle for all-wheel-drive. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2022 French doors lead outside to a private, sun-washed patio with a dreamy garden, lounge chairs, an electric fire pit, and a soaking tub, while rocking chairs and complimentary bikes summon out front on the porch. Alisha Prakash, Travel + Leisure, 9 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Black Sea fleet, which can deploy a cruiser, five frigates, various corvettes and at least six diesel-electric attack submarines. David Axe, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Powered by a hybrid diesel-electric system, Kenshō has a max speed of 15.4 knots and a cruising speed of 13.6 knots. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 19 Nov. 2021 The submarines would have a far larger range than the diesel-electric models that France was planning to build under a deal announced in 2019. New York Times, 22 Sep. 2021 The French startup said that carbon emissions would be cut by 80 percent, thanks to hybrid propulsion that include jet fuel and electric. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 6 Dec. 2021 ZeroAvia also has said its 19-passenger hydrogen-electric airplane in development can start commercial flights as soon as 2024. Dan Catchpole, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2021 Volkswagen has been doing a great job impressing people with their latest SUV models, both gasoline and electric. Kyle Edward, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Japan in October launched the second boat in its new class of diesel-electric submarines. Brad Lendon, CNN, 3 Dec. 2021 France had its own contract to provide 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines to Australia. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electric. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for electric

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 electric (audio) \

Medical Definition of electric

: of, relating to, or operated by electricity

Other Words from electric

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

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