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[ih-lek-tris-i-tee, ee-lek-]
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  1. electric charge.
  2. electric current.
  3. the science dealing with electric charges and currents.
  4. a state or feeling of excitement, anticipation, tension, etc.
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Origin of electricity

First recorded in 1640–50; electric + -ity
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Related Words for electricity

heat, service, tension, light, current, juice, spark, galvanism, AC, DC, utilities, electron, voltage, ignition

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British Dictionary definitions for electricity


  1. any phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons, ions, or other charged particles
  2. the science concerned with electricity
  3. an electric current or chargea motor powered by electricity
  4. emotional tension or excitement, esp between or among people
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Word Origin and History for electricity


1640s (Browne), from electric + -ity. Originally in reference to friction.

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electricity in Science


  1. The collection of physical effects related to the force and motion of electrically charged particles, typically electrons, through or across matter and space. See also circuit conductor electric potential.
  2. Electric current, or a source of electric current.
  3. A buildup of electric charge. See also static electricity.
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electricity in Culture


A flow of electrical charges, such as electrons, through a conductor.

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