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Origin of electric arc
First recorded in 1880–85
Words nearby electric arc
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Example sentences from the Web for electric arc
This is used for electric-arc carbons and for other purposes.Artificial Light|M. Luckiesh
Scientific definitions for electric arc
An electric current, often strong, brief, and luminous, in which electrons jump across a gap. Electric arcs across specially designed electrodes can produce very high heats and bright light, and are used for such purposes as welding and illumination in spotlights. Unwanted arcs in electrical circuits can cause fires. Lightning is a case of an electric arc between one cloud and the earth or another cloud, as are sparks caused by discharges of static electricity.
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