- producing sound by electrical or electronic means: an electric piano.
- equipped with connections to an amplifier-loudspeaker system: an electric violin.
- an electric locomotive.
- Informal. a railroad operated by electricity.
Origin of electric
Examples from the Web for electric
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Electric Swamp Blues How can you possibly find authentic swamp blues in Portland, Oregon?
I was once rewarded for some help with a visit to it, and sat in the electric chair for a moment.
The problem starts in that instant of electric mistrust when the cop reaches for his gun, or employs a homicidal chokehold.
They pioneered arena performances and electric light, enabling the first night performances.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus|Anthony Paletta|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Under such conditions the electric lamp need fear no competitor.The Romance of Modern Invention|Archibald Williams
Then, out into view beneath me, was thrust a slim ivory hand which held an electric pocket lamp.Tales of Secret Egypt|Sax Rohmer
The cloud of blessing floats over our heads, but we fail to stretch forth the electric rod of prayer to fetch it down!The Hart and the Water-Brooks;|John R. Macduff
The portions open to the public are now lighted by electric lamps.
The lens is surrounded by a metal case or lantern, in which is placed the electric lamp upon a slide for focussing.Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare|C. W. Sleeman
British Dictionary definitions for electric
Word Origin for electric
Word Origin and History for electric
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.