one of the basic properties of the elementary particles of matter giving rise to all electric and magnetic forces and interactions. The two kinds of charge are given negative and positive algebraic signs: measured in coulombs.
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How to use electric charge in a sentence
This word refers to a material that produces an electric charge when it’s bent or squeezed.
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For instance, they can carry different amounts of electric charge.
These ions are chemical radicles carrying a definite electric charge.The New Gresham Encyclopedia | Various
Let us now use it in studying the distribution of an electric charge upon a conductor.Physics | Willis Eugene Tower
In this case the electric charge exists at the point where the stem is attached, and there leakage by creeping takes place.
Faraday expressed this fact by saying that no absolute electric charge could be given to matter.
If a vessel of water be electrified, and the water then converted into steam, the electric charge will be rapidly dissipated.
British Dictionary definitions for electric charge
another name for charge (def. 25)
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Scientific definitions for electric charge
A form of charge, designated positive, negative, or zero, found on the elementary particles that make up all known matter. Particles with electric charge interact with each other through the electromagnetic force, creating electric fields, and when they are in motion, magnetic fields. The electric fields tend to result in a repulsive force between particles with charges of the same sign, and an attractive force between charges of opposite sign. The electron is defined to have an electric charge of -1; the protons in an atomic nucleus have charge of +1, and the neutrons have charge of 0.
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