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 Environmental concerns have also risen over their intensive electricity use. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 Rapid expansion of renewable energy capacity should be enough to cover the vast majority of the growth in global electricity demand through 2024. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 14 Jan. 2022 Meanwhile, the costs of basic necessities like food, heating and electricity are surging, adding to political strains. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 For Japan, the potential of using these fuels to generate electricity is appealing. Aurora Almendral, Quartz, 14 Jan. 2022 In Italy alone, the Open Meter will reach more than 35 million customers by 2025, improving customers’ awareness of their electricity consumption habits and favoring more efficient and sustainable consumption models. Fortune, 13 Jan. 2022 Unexpected interruptions can quickly shutter a generating station, halting electricity flows to consumers. Sergio Chapa, Bloomberg.com, 13 Jan. 2022 Gas furnaces, water heaters and stoves account for about 10% of the state’s climate pollution, with electricity use in buildings making up another 15% or so. Los Angeles Times, 13 Jan. 2022 The group helped 89 families last year, primarily senior citizens and single moms, with money for rent, gas, electricity and other basic needs. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, 12 Jan. 2022

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Electricity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electricity. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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


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


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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