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electric

adjective elec·tric \ i-ˈlek-trik , ē- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of electric

1 or electrical play \i-ˈlek-tri-kəl, 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
3 a : electronic 3a
b : amplifying sound by electronic means used of a musical instrument
  • an electric guitar
4 : very bright
  • electric blue
  • electric orange

electrically

play \i-ˈlek-tri-k(ə-)lē, ē-\ adverb

Examples of electric in a Sentence

  1. The device administers a mild electric shock.

  2. It plugs into any electric socket.

  3. The electrical cord is damaged.

  4. There's a problem with the building's electrical wiring.

  5. The pianist gave an electric performance.

  6. The atmosphere in the room was electric.

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of electric

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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electric

noun

Definition of electric

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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First Known Use of electric

1646

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ELECTRIC Defined for English Language Learners

electric

adjective

Definition of electric for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to electricity

  • : operated by electricity

  • : providing electricity


ELECTRIC Defined for Kids

electric

adjective elec·tric \ i-ˈlek-trik \

Definition of electric for Students

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.

electrically

adverb
  • electrically powered cars

History for electric

People in ancient Greece found that if they rubbed a piece of amber it would attract light things like straws and feathers. The rubbing gave the amber an electric charge. We owe the English word electric to this property of amber. Our word came from a Greek word ēlektron that meant “amber.”


Medical Dictionary

electric

adjective elec·tric \ i-ˈlek-trik \
variants: or electrical play \-tri-kəl\

medical Definition of electric

: of, relating to, or operated by electricity

electrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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