- pertaining to the generation and distribution of electricity derived from the energy of falling water or any other hydraulic source.
Origin of hydroelectric
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Related Words for hydroelectricityhydroelectricity
- generated by the pressure of falling waterhydroelectric power
- of or concerned with the generation of electricity by water pressurea hydroelectric scheme
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- Using the power of water currents to generate electric power. Generally, hydroelectric power is created by directing water flow through a turbine, where the water causes fans to turn, creating the torque needed to drive an electric generator.
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