electricity

noun
elec·tric·i·ty | \i-ˌlek-ˈtri-sə-tē, 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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Suddenly, an arc of electricity launches out of the top of the storm, propelling upward and outward at 20,000 miles per hour. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Bolts from the blue: Here’s how lightning can strike when a storm is tens of miles away," 27 June 2018 Mr Modi’s has boosted investment in rural roads and electricity, which will help preserve more goods and get them to market. The Economist, "India’s government claims to subsidise farmers, but actually hurts them," 12 July 2018 When that energy is needed, the H2 is run through a fuel cell and recombined with oxygen from the air to create electricity, with water as a byproduct. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "The Funky Boat Circling the Planet on Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Gas," 5 July 2018 His stuff carried its normal electricity and cruised toward the middle innings. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers can't hold on, lose to Chicago Cubs 5-3," 3 July 2018 Those who remained were mostly out of a job or too afraid to go to work, and after two weeks of unpaid bills, some had also lost their electricity. Eli Saslow, Anchorage Daily News, "Raids are separating families in the heartland," 1 July 2018 At Tuesday’s meeting, the DWP board recommended increasing its goals for how much of its electricity comes from renewable sources for 2025 and 2036 to 55% and 70%, respectively. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "L.A. water and power commission backs plan for natural gas plant," 27 June 2018 Owners of solar systems produce some of their own electricity, reducing their utility bills. Andrew Maykuth, Philly.com, "On year's longest day, Philly energy agency enlists homeowners to install solar," 21 June 2018 California’s investment is a result of SB 350, a law passed in 2015 that put the state on a path to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Three US states will spend $1.3 billion to build more electric vehicle charging," 1 June 2018

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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

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 \

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 \
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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