static electricity

noun
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of static electricity

: electricity that consists of isolated motionless charges (such as those produced by friction)

Examples of static electricity in a Sentence

  1. In dry weather, static electricity can cause clothes to cling.

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First Known Use of static electricity

1838

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Definition of static electricity for English Language Learners

  • : electricity that collects on the surface of something and does not flow as a current and can cause a mild shock if you touch it


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