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 electronsb : 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.
Recent Examples of electricity from the Web
The ministry canceled in December what would have been 2016’s only auction for wind and solar power, as the worst recession in decades drags down electricity demand.
Veteran aid workers say the key to countering extremism is less about plastic sheeting for blown out windows or restoring electricity and more about ensuring a local government has the trust and confidence of its citizens.
All the experts wondered about logistics: Would patients use a portable, wearable electricity-delivery device?
Carbon dioxide emissions from electricity production have dropped as power plants transition to using more natural gas.
Gen. Yoav Mordechai, said last week that electricity in Gaza would have to be scaled back further.
A new wave of increases for fuel and electricity is widely expected this summer.
More than 80 pipelines and 30 electricity transmission lines connect the two countries.
Steam turbines are simple but far from the most efficient way to generate electricity.
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First Known Use of electricity
ELECTRICITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of electricity for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of electricity for Students
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
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 currentsb: electric current or power
2: a science that deals with the phenomena and laws of electricity
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