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Meaning of electric by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From New Latin ēlectricus ( “of amber” ), from Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον ( ēlektron, “amber” ), related to ἠλέκτωρ ( ēlektor, “shining sun” ) .


    • IPA: /ɪˈlɛktɹɪk/, X-SAMPA: /I"lEktrIk/


    electric ( not comparable )

    1. Of, relating to, produced by, operated with, or utilising electricity; electrical .
    2. Of, or relating to an electronic version of a musical instrument that has an acoustic equivalent .
    3. Being emotionally thrilling; electrifying.
      • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
        Electric Pindar .
    4. Drawing electricity from an external source; not battery-operated; corded.


    electric ( usually uncountable; plural: electrics )

    1. ( informal ) Electricity .
    2. ( rare ) An electric car .
    3. ( archaic ) A substance or object which can be electrified; an insulator or non-conductor, like amber or glass .

    See also

    • “electric” in An American Dictionary of the English Language, by Noah Webster, 1828 .
    • electric in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • Dictionary.com definitions of electric
    • Niels H. de V. Heathcote ( December 1967 ). "The early meaning of electricity: Some Pseudodoxia Epidemica - I". Annals of Science 23 ( 4 ): pp. 261-275 .

Explanation of electric by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. affected by emotion as if by electricity

    2. gave an electric reading of the play
    3. ( of a situation ) exceptionally tense

    4. an atmosphere electric with suspicion
    5. using or providing or producing or transmitting or operated by electricity

    6. electric current
      electric wiring
      electrical appliances
      an electrical storm
    1. a car that is powered by electricity

    Definition of electric by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Electric ( elĕktrĭk ), Electrical ( elĕktrĭkal ), a. [L. electrum amber, a mixed metal, Gr. ῎ηλεκτρον; akin to ἠλέκτωρ the beaming sun, cf. Skr. arc to beam, shine: cf. F. électrique. The name came from the production of electricity by the friction of amber.]
      1. Pertaining to electricity; consisting of, containing, derived from, or produced by, electricity; as, “electric power or virtue; an electric jar; electric effects; an electric spark; an electric charge; an electric current; an electrical engineer.”

      2. Capable of occasioning the phenomena of electricity; as, “an electric or electrical machine or substance; an electric generator”.

      3. Electrifying; thrilling; magnetic. “Electric Pindar.” Mrs. Browning.

      4. powered by electricity; as, “electrical appliances; an electric toothbrush; an electric automobile”.

      Electric atmosphere, or Electric aura. See under Aura. -- Electrical battery. See Battery. -- Electrical brush. See under Brush. -- Electric cable. See Telegraph cable, under Telegraph. -- Electric candle. See under Candle. -- Electric cat ( Zoöl. ), one of three or more large species of African catfish of the genus Malapterurus ( esp. M. electricus of the Nile ). They have a large electrical organ and are able to give powerful shocks; -- called also sheathfish. -- Electric clock. See under Clock, and see Electro-chronograph. -- Electric current, a current or stream of electricity traversing a closed circuit formed of conducting substances, or passing by means of conductors from one body to another which is in a different electrical state. -- Electric eel, or Electrical eel ( Zoöl. ), a South American eel-like fresh-water fish of the genus Gymnotus ( G. electricus ), from two to five feet in length, capable of giving a violent electric shock. See Gymnotus. -- Electrical fish ( Zoöl. ), any fish which
      has an electrical organ by means of which it can give an electrical shock. The best known kinds are the torpedo, the gymnotus, or electrical eel, and the electric cat. See Torpedo, and Gymnotus. -- Electric fluid, the supposed matter of electricity; lightning. [archaic] -- Electrical image ( Elec. ), a collection of electrical points regarded as forming, by an analogy with optical phenomena, an image of certain other electrical points, and used in the solution of electrical problems. Sir W. Thomson. -- Electric machine, or Electrical machine, an apparatus for generating, collecting, or exciting, electricity, as by friction. -- Electric motor. See Electro-motor, 2. -- Electric osmose. ( Physics ) See under Osmose. -- Electric pen, a hand pen for making perforated stencils for multiplying writings. It has a puncturing needle driven at great speed by a very small magneto-electric engine on the penhandle. -- Electric railway, a railway in which the machinery for moving the cars is driven by an electric c
      urrent. -- Electric ray ( Zoöl. ), the torpedo. -- Electric telegraph. See Telegraph.

    2. Electric n. ( Physics ) A nonconductor of electricity, as amber, glass, resin, etc., employed to excite or accumulate electricity.