[ ih-lek-truh-moh-tiv ]

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

Origin of electromotive

First recorded in 1800–10; electro- + motive

Words Nearby electromotive

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How to use electromotive in a sentence

  • Rusty lead, so to speak, so connected with bright lead, has a high electromotive force.

    Steam Steel and Electricity | James W. Steele
  • The electromotive forces produced are proportional to the number of lines of force cut per second.

    Physics | Willis Eugene Tower
  • In the account of the experiment just given, electric currents are produced, while in Law I, electromotive forces are mentioned.

    Physics | Willis Eugene Tower
  • Now whenever an electric conductor cuts magnetic lines of force an electromotive force is induced in the conductor.

    Physics | Willis Eugene Tower
  • The curve of Fig. 440 represents one cycle, that is, one complete series of changes in the electromotive forces.

    Physics | Willis Eugene Tower

British Dictionary definitions for electromotive


/ (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈməʊtɪv) /

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

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Scientific definitions for electromotive


[ ĭ-lĕk′trō-mōtĭv ]

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

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