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  1. pertaining to, producing, or tending to produce a flow of electricity.
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Origin of electromotive

First recorded in 1800–10; electro- + motive
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Examples from the Web for electromotive

Historical Examples

  • Currents for street cars have an electromotive force of from 550 to 660 volts.


    Willis Eugene Tower

  • The quantity ½Ir2w is the electromotive force due to the disk.

    Lord Kelvin

    Andrew Gray

  • The electromotive force of one cell of a Daniell battery is about one volt.

  • The electromotive force of this cell when new is about 1.47 volts.

  • The electromotive power of this element may be as high as 1.8 D.

British Dictionary definitions for electromotive


  1. of, concerned with, producing, or tending to produce an electric current
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electromotive in Science


  1. Capable of accelerating electric charges and creating electric current; having electric potential.
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