Definition of electricity
1a : a fundamental form of energy observable in positive and negative forms that occurs naturally (as in lightning) or is produced (as in a generator) and that is expressed in terms of the movement and interaction of electronsb : electric current or power
2 : a science that deals with the phenomena and laws of electricity
3 : keen contagious excitement could feel the electricity in the room
Examples of electricity in a Sentence
The electricity went off during the storm.
an old building with no plumbing or electricity
You could feel the electricity in the room.
Recent Examples of electricity from the Web
Electricity price hikes are expected later this summer.
Six months after its liberation the east side remains cut off from the electricity grid.
That may touch off a rally in Texas’s wholesale electricity prices as more costly fossil-fuel generators such as coal and natural gas plants step up to meet demand.
The settlement, as modified, increases both monthly residential customer charges and the rate for each unit of electricity consumed for both LG&E and KU customers, the state agency said.
The big highlight, however, will be the unveiling of AWEsome Water, the last component in the museum's huge AWEsome Energy exhibit, which lets kids explore and learn about the power of air, electricity and water through interactive experiences.
For instance, the critique asserts that Jacobson assumed that hydroelectric dams would have the capacity to generate over 1,000 gigawatts, or billion watts, of electricity, vastly more than exists today.
The lowest price at last year’s power auction to supply electricity to the grids, from the solar company, was $29 per megawatt-hour.
The most recent iteration of the RPS calls for the state to derive 50 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2030 and there’s a bill in the Legislature this session that would take the target all the way to 100 percent by 2045.
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First Known Use of electricity
ELECTRICITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of electricity for English Language Learners
: a form of energy that is carried through wires and is used to operate machines, lights, etc.
: electric current or power
: a feeling of excitement or tension
ELECTRICITY Defined for Kids
Definition of electricity for Students
1 : an important form of energy that is found in nature but that can be artificially produced by rubbing together two unlike things (as glass and silk), by the action of chemicals, or by means of a generator
2 : electric current
Medical Definition of electricity
1a: a fundamental entity of nature consisting of negative and positive kinds, observable in the attractions and repulsions of bodies electrified by friction and in natural phenomena (as lightning or the aurora borealis), and usually utilized in the form of electric currentsb: electric current or power
2: a science that deals with the phenomena and laws of electricity
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