hydroelectric

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adjective hy·dro·elec·tric \ˌhī-drō-i-ˈlek-trik\

Definition of hydroelectric

  1. :  of or relating to production of electricity by waterpower <constructed a hydroelectric power plant at the dam site>

hydroelectrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

hydroelectricity

play \-ˌlek-ˈtri-sə-tē, -ˈtris-tē\ noun

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The prime component of most hydroelectric systems is a dam. A high dam funnels water downward at high pressure to spin turbines, which in turn drive generators to produce high-voltage electricity. Mountainous countries with rushing rivers can produce the most hydroelectricity. Though hydroelectricity comes from a clean and completely renewable energy source, dams disrupt natural systems in a way that disturbs environmentalists.

Origin and Etymology of hydroelectric

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1884


HYDROELECTRIC Defined for English Language Learners

hydroelectric

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adjective hy·dro·elec·tric \ˌhī-drō-i-ˈlek-trik\

Definition of hydroelectric for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the production of electricity by using machines that are powered by moving water


HYDROELECTRIC Defined for Kids

hydroelectric

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adjective hy·dro·elec·tric \ˌhī-drō-i-ˈlek-trik\

Definition of hydroelectric for Students

  1. :  relating to or used in the making of electricity by waterpower <hydroelectric power>



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