electricity

noun
elec·​tric·​i·​ty | \ i-ˌlek-ˈtri-sə-tē How to pronounce electricity (audio) , ē-, -ˈtri-stē \
plural electricities

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 electrons
b : 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The country needs coal to keep its electricity running. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2021 Businesses and houses can have rooftop solar for their own use but can't export their surplus electricity to the grid. Jemma Green, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 California seeks to derive 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045 or sooner. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2021 The United States, which still generates about one-fifth of its electricity from coal, also did not sign the pledge. New York Times, 4 Nov. 2021 The United States, which still generates about one-fifth of its electricity from coal, also did not sign the pledge. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Nov. 2021 In September, the Biden administration issued a plan that would see the country generating 45% of its electricity from solar panels by 2050. Meg Bernhard, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 Since 1961, the town has gotten its electricity through the use of gigantic generators, with fuel that’s flown in at a cost of nearly $11 per gallon. Tik Root, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Oct. 2021 The country produces more than three-quarters of its electricity from coal. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of electricity

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of electricity was in 1646

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“Electricity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electricity. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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electricity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of electricity

: 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

noun
elec·​tric·​i·​ty | \ i-ˌlek-ˈtri-sə-tē How to pronounce electricity (audio) \

Kids Definition of electricity

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

electricity

noun
elec·​tric·​i·​ty | \ i-ˌlek-ˈtris-ət-ē, -ˈtris-tē How to pronounce electricity (audio) \
plural electricities

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 currents
b : electric current or power
2 : a science that deals with the phenomena and laws of electricity

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