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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Demand for electricity continues to grow, with nearly one billion people today still in the dark. Katie Tubb For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Nuclear power is essential to solving the world's energy problems," 16 Sep. 2019 Some homes continue to have aluminum wiring for electricity, which presents a very large fire hazard, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Lt. Washington Post, "Fire can be risky, deadly drawback of living in mobile homes," 16 Sep. 2019 His climate plan sets a goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "Bernie Sanders won’t endorse John Hickenlooper in Senate race," 6 Sep. 2019 Investment on such a scale has made solar power cheaper: Chinese cities now pay less for it than for grid electricity. The Economist, "The world is investing less in clean energy," 5 Sep. 2019 Many candidates also hope to cut emissions by half by 2030 or get to net-zero emissions for electricity by that year. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Where the 2020 candidates stand on climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 Texas prices for residential electricity grew the fifth fastest in the United States, according to the report. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Texas electricity rates climbing higher than U.S. average," 27 Aug. 2019 The Saudis wind up burning large volumes of crude during the peak summer season, when demand for electricity for cooling purposes runs at full tilt. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "Saudi Aramco Says It’s ‘Ready’ for I.P.O. as It Reports Half-Year Earnings," 12 Aug. 2019 Those challenges dovetail with the need for even more electricity. Benjamin Storrow, Scientific American, "New York Has a Climate Plan—Now It Has to Follow Through," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of electricity

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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