Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

electric

[ih-lek-trik]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. pertaining to, derived from, produced by, or involving electricity: an electric shock.
  2. producing, transmitting, or operated by electric currents: an electric bell; electric cord.
  3. electrifying; thrilling; exciting; stirring: The atmosphere was electric with excitement.
  4. (of a musical instrument)
    1. producing sound by electrical or electronic means: an electric piano.
    2. equipped with connections to an amplifier-loudspeaker system: an electric violin.
Show More
noun
  1. Railroads.
    1. an electric locomotive.
    2. Informal.a railroad operated by electricity.
  2. electricity: residential users of gas and electric.
  3. something, as an appliance, vehicle, or toy, operated by electricity.
  4. Archaic. a substance that is a nonconductor of electricity, as glass or amber, used to store or to excite an electric charge.
Show More

Origin of electric

1640–50; < New Latin electricus, equivalent to Latin ēlectr(um) amber (see electrum) + -icus -ic
Related formsnon·e·lec·tric, adjective, nounpre·e·lec·tric, adjectiveun·e·lec·tric, adjective

Synonyms

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
3. spirited, rousing, dynamic.

Antonyms

3. dull, uninspired, prosaic.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for non-electric

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for non-electric

electric

adjective
  1. of, derived from, produced by, producing, transmitting, or powered by electricityelectric current; an electric cord; an electric blanket; an electric fence; an electric fire
  2. (of a musical instrument) amplified electronicallyan electric guitar; an electric mandolin
  3. very tense or exciting; emotionally chargedan electric atmosphere
Show More
noun
  1. informal an electric train, car, etc
  2. British informal electricity or electrical power
  3. (plural) an electric circuit or electric appliances
Show More

Word Origin

C17: from New Latin electricus amber-like (because friction causes amber to become charged), from Latin ēlectrum amber, from Greek ēlektron, of obscure origin

xref

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for non-electric

electric

adj.

1640s, first used in English by physician Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), apparently coined as Modern Latin electricus (literally "resembling amber") by English physicist William Gilbert (1540-1603) in treatise "De Magnete" (1600), from Latin electrum "amber," from Greek elektron "amber" (Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus), also "pale gold" (a compound of 1 part silver to 4 of gold); of unknown origin.

Originally the word described substances which, like amber, attract other substances when rubbed. Meaning "charged with electricity" is from 1670s; the physical force so called because it first was generated by rubbing amber. In many modern instances, the word is short for electrical. Figurative sense is attested by 1793. Electric toothbrush first recorded 1936; electric typewriter 1958.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

non-electric in Science

electric

[ĭ-lĕktrĭk]
  1. Relating to or operated by electricity. Compare electronic.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.