[ ih-lek-trik ]
/ ɪˈlɛk trɪk /



Origin of electric

1640–50; < New Latin electricus, equivalent to Latin ēlectr(um) amber (see electrum) + -icus -ic

Related forms

non·e·lec·tric, adjective, nounpre·e·lec·tric, adjectiveun·e·lec·tric, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for electric


/ (ɪˈlɛktrɪk) /


of, derived from, produced by, producing, transmitting, or powered by electricityelectric current; an electric cord; an electric blanket; an electric fence; an electric fire
(of a musical instrument) amplified electronicallyan electric guitar; an electric mandolin
very tense or exciting; emotionally chargedan electric atmosphere


informal an electric train, car, etc
British informal electricity or electrical power
(plural) an electric circuit or electric appliances

Word Origin for electric

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


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Science definitions for electric


[ ĭ-lĕktrĭk ]

Relating to or operated by electricity. Compare electronic.
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