static electricity

noun

Definition of static electricity

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

Examples of static electricity in a Sentence

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

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The material temporarily loses some of its stickiness when kept in the cold for two main reasons: First, the cooler air cuts back on that annoying static electricity. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Storing Plastic Wrap in the Freezer Makes It WAY Easier to Handle," 31 Oct. 2018 Scientists have also sought to use the same effect behind everyday static electricity to power devices. Charles Q. Choi, Washington Post, "How the body could power pacemakers and other implantable devices," 9 June 2018 Scientists have also sought to use the same effect behind everyday static electricity to power devices. Charles Q. Choi, Washington Post, "How the body could power pacemakers and other implantable devices," 9 June 2018 Scientists have also sought to use the same effect behind everyday static electricity to power devices. Charles Q. Choi, Washington Post, "How the body could power pacemakers and other implantable devices," 9 June 2018 In the dry desert environment, wind moving over dirt and sand particles can be enough to build up a cache of static electricity. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "5 Realities of Fighting Fire in the Middle of Nowhere," 20 June 2016 Benjamin Franklin’s famous wet-kite experiment demonstrated that ordinary static electricity was the same stuff as lightning by capturing its charges in Leyden jars, primitive batteries. Charles R. Morris, WSJ, "‘Energy’ Review: The Path to Power," 21 June 2018 Buildings were burned after being struck by lightning from static electricity in the ash cloud, which reached the stratosphere. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska is no stranger to volcanoes erupting. But what would happen in a big one?," 28 May 2018 Scientists have also sought to use the same effect behind everyday static electricity to power devices. Charles Q. Choi, The Atlantic, "Your Heartbeat Could Power a Smartphone," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of static electricity

1838, in the meaning defined above

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static electricity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of static electricity

: 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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