electricity

noun elec·tric·i·ty \ i-ˌlek-ˈtri-sə-tē , ē- , -ˈtri-stē \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of electricity

plural electricities
1 a :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

  1. The electricity went off during the storm.

  2. an old building with no plumbing or electricity

  3. You could feel the electricity in the room.

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First Known Use of electricity

1646

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ELECTRICITY Defined for English Language Learners

electricity

noun

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

electricity

noun elec·tric·i·ty \ i-ˌlek-ˈtri-sə-tē \

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 Dictionary

electricity

noun elec·tric·i·ty \ i-ˌlek-ˈtris-ət-ē, -ˈtris-tē \

medical Definition of electricity

plural electricities
1 a :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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