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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The Israel Electric Corporation, which provides the nation’s electricity and is responsible for much of the requisite infrastructure, is unhappy with Fortnite’s depiction of player characters freely climbing up electric poles. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Israeli power company urges Epic to remove pole climbing from Fortnite," 12 June 2019 For them, reliable electricity is a vital lifeline. Rachelle Chong, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Don’t let PG&E leave communities in the dark," 4 June 2019 But often electricity generated and transmitted is below 4,000MW/hour. Samuel Ayokunle Olowosejeje, Quartz Africa, "Nigeria’s unreliable electricity costs its economy $29 billion a year—solar power would save billions," 1 June 2019 Life is hard in Za’atari: the electricity and water are unreliable, families have been split up, there’s a lack of jobs, and the future is uncertain. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "Soccer offers kids an outlet in this refugee camp," 3 Apr. 2019 That's thanks to its hybrid configuration that allows the engine to shut down without interrupting a steady supply of electricity to keep all the vital communication tech features working. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid AWD Saves Fuel, Hauls Ass," 17 May 2019 Since then, coal has been burned nearly every day to produce electricity for the country. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Britain Went an Entire Week Without Burning Coal," 10 May 2019 Photo: Jesse Newman/The Wall Street Journal Several peers operate digesters that reduce pathogens in manure and produce methane that can be burned to produce electricity. Jesse Newman And Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Farms, More Productive Than Ever, Are Poisoning Drinking Water in Rural America," 18 Jan. 2019 If the engine is running, the alternator is producing so much extra electricity that the seat heaters can run indefinitely. Ray Magliozzi, courant.com, "Car Talk: It's Safe To Use Seat Heaters If Stranded In Snow," 11 July 2018

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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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