[ hahy-droh-i-lek-trik ]
/ ˌhaɪ droʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk /
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pertaining to the generation and distribution of electricity derived from the energy of falling water or any other hydraulic source.



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Origin of hydroelectric

First recorded in 1825–35; hydro-1 + electric
hy·dro·e·lec·tric·i·ty [hahy-droh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-], /ˌhaɪ droʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hydroelectric

/ (ˌhaɪdrəʊɪˈlɛktrɪk) /


generated by the pressure of falling waterhydroelectric power
of or concerned with the generation of electricity by water pressurea hydroelectric scheme
hydroelectricity (ˌhaɪdrəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ, -ˌiːlɛk-), noun
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Scientific definitions for hydroelectric

[ hī′drō-ĭ-lĕktrĭk ]

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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