[ ih-lek-tris-i-tee, ee-lek- ]
/ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, ˌi lɛk- /


the science dealing with electric charges and currents.
a state or feeling of excitement, anticipation, tension, etc.

Origin of electricity

First recorded in 1640–50; electric + -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for electricity

/ (ɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ, ˌiːlɛk-) /


any phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons, ions, or other charged particles
the science concerned with electricity
an electric current or chargea motor powered by electricity
emotional tension or excitement, esp between or among people
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Scientific definitions for electricity

[ ĭ-lĕk-trĭsĭ-tē ]

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.
Electric current, or a source of electric current.
A buildup of electric charge. See also static electricity.
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Cultural definitions for electricity


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

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