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.
Recent Examples on the Web The ash particles collide with each other and generate static electricity, which can produce lightning. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 May 2024 The cool air in a freezer helps eliminate some of the static electricity that makes the plastic wrap stick to itself. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 14 Mar. 2024 The culprit is static electricity arising from the fracturing and friction between the beans during grinding. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2023 Researchers demonstrate how adding a splash of water reduces static electricity when grinding coffee. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 6 Dec. 2023 See all Example Sentences for static electricity 

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of static electricity was in 1838

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“Static electricity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

static electricity

: electricity that consists of isolated stationary charges

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