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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Indoor farms consume an incredible amount of electricity. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why the future of marijuana farming could be craft weed," 21 Nov. 2018 This requires expensive equipment and lots of electricity, but that was apparently not a hindrance to the Russians. BostonGlobe.com, "How Russian spies hid behind bitcoin in hacking campaign," 14 July 2018 Some are concerned about the environmental effect of lithium mining, while others note some sources of electricity could make electric cars less green than previously thought. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Elon Musk: “Tesla cannot die”," 2 Nov. 2018 The demonstrations have been fueled in large part by pervasive despair caused by the blockade that has caused widespread economic hardship and left the coastal territory with crippling fuel shortages and just a few hours of electricity a day. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Israeli jets strike Gaza terror targets after Hamas launches dozens of rockets," 2 Oct. 2018 All of the extra weight would no doubt limit that range, so Dethleffs has added 334 square feet of thin-film solar panels that can generate up to 3,000 watts of electricity to keep the 228-Ah sodium-nickel-chloride battery array charged. Megan Barber, Curbed, "5 campers pushing RV design into the future," 28 Sep. 2018 Computer chips are made up of billions of transistors that switch the flow of electricity on and off in microscopic wires. Eric Smalley, Discover Magazine, "Cellular Cyborgs: How Programmable DNA Strands Might Control Healing," 25 Sep. 2018 This requires expensive equipment and lots of electricity, but that was apparently not a hindrance to the Russians. BostonGlobe.com, "How Russian spies hid behind bitcoin in hacking campaign," 14 July 2018 This requires expensive equipment and lots of electricity, but that was apparently not a hindrance to the Russians. New York Times, "How Russian Spies Hid Behind Bitcoin in Hacking Campaign," 13 July 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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