Definitions for Electricityɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, ˌi lɛk-

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word Electricity

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•lec•tric•i•tyɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, ˌi lɛk-(n.)

  1. a fundamental property of matter caused by the presence and motion of electrons, protons, or positrons, manifesting itself as attraction, repulsion, luminous and heating effects, and the like.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  2. electric current or power.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  3. the science dealing with electric charges and currents.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  4. a state or feeling of excitement, anticipation, or the like.

Origin of electricity:

1640–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. electricity(noun)

    a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons

  2. electricity, electrical energy(noun)

    energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor

    "they built a car that runs on electricity"

  3. electricity(noun)

    keen and shared excitement

    "the stage crackled with electricity whenever she was on it"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. electricity(noun)ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, ˌi lɛk-

    energy that produces power for equipment such as TVs, hairdryers, etc.

    the supply of electricity; The explosion cut off electricity to most of the city.

Wiktionary

  1. electricity(Noun)

    A form of energy usually carried by wires or supplied by batteries used to power machines and computing, communications, lighting, and heating devices.

  2. electricity(Noun)

    A form of secondary energy, caused by the behavior of electrons and protons, properly called "electrical energy".

  3. electricity(Noun)

    A fundamental attractive property of matter, appearing in negative and positive kinds.

  4. electricity(Noun)

    The flow of charge carriers within a conductor, properly called "electric current".

  5. electricity(Noun)

    The charge carriers within a conductor, properly called "electric charge".

  6. electricity(Noun)

    A class of physical phenomena, related to flows and interactions of electric charge

  7. electricity(Noun)

    A field of physical science and technology, concerned with the phenomena of electric charge

  8. electricity(Noun)

    Excitement.

    Opening night for the new production had an electricity unlike other openings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Electricity(noun)

    a power in nature, a manifestation of energy, exhibiting itself when in disturbed equilibrium or in activity by a circuit movement, the fact of direction in which involves polarity, or opposition of properties in opposite directions; also, by attraction for many substances, by a law involving attraction between surfaces of unlike polarity, and repulsion between those of like; by exhibiting accumulated polar tension when the circuit is broken; and by producing heat, light, concussion, and often chemical changes when the circuit passes between the poles or through any imperfectly conducting substance or space. It is generally brought into action by any disturbance of molecular equilibrium, whether from a chemical, physical, or mechanical, cause

  2. Electricity(noun)

    the science which unfolds the phenomena and laws of electricity; electrical science

  3. Electricity(noun)

    fig.: Electrifying energy or characteristic

Freebase

  1. Electricity

    Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and flow of electric charge. Electricity gives a wide variety of well-known effects, such as lightning, static electricity, electromagnetic induction and the flow of electrical current. In addition, electricity permits the creation and reception of electromagnetic radiation such as radio waves. In electricity, charges produce electromagnetic fields which act on other charges. Electricity occurs due to several types of physics: ⁕electric charge: a property of some subatomic particles, which determines their electromagnetic interactions. Electrically charged matter is influenced by, and produces, electromagnetic fields. ⁕electric current: a movement or flow of electrically charged particles, typically measured in amperes. ⁕electric field: an especially simple type of electromagnetic field produced by an electric charge even when it is not moving. The electric field produces a force on other charges in its vicinity. Moving charges additionally produce a magnetic field. ⁕electric potential: the capacity of an electric field to do work on an electric charge, typically measured in volts.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Electricity

    the name given to a subtle agent called the electric fluid, latent in all bodies, and first evolved by friction, and which may manifest itself, under certain conditions, in brilliant flashes of light, or, when in contact with animals, in nervous shocks more or less violent. It is of two kinds, negative and positive, and as such exhibits itself in the polarity of the magnet, when it is called Magnetic (q. v.), and is excited by chemical action, when it is called Voltaic (q. v.).

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Electricity

    The physical effects involving the presence of electric charges at rest and in motion.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Electricity

    It is impossible in the existing state of human knowledge to give a satisfactory definition of electricity. The views of various authorities are given here to afford a basis for arriving at the general consensus of electricians. We have as yet no conception of electricity apart from the electrified body; we have no experience of its independent existence. (J. E. H. Gordon.) What is Electricity? We do not know, and for practical purposes it is not necessary that we should know. (Sydney F. Walker.) Electricity … is one of those hidden and mysterious powers of nature which has thus become known to us through the medium of effects. (Weale's Dictionary of Terms.) This word Electricity is used to express more particularly the cause, which even today remains unknown, of the phenomena that we are about to explain. (Amédée Guillemin.) Electricity is a powerful physical agent which manifests itself mainly by attractions and repulsions, but also by luminous and heating effects, by violent commotions, by chemical decompositions, and many other phenomena. Unlike gravity, it is not inherent in bodies, but it is evoked in them by a variety of causes … (Ganot's Physics.) Electricity and magnetism are not forms of energy; neither are they forms of matter. They may, perhaps, be provisionally defined as properties or conditions of matter; but whether this matter be the ordinary matter, or whether it be, on the other hand, that all-pervading ether by which ordinary matter is surrounded, is a question which has been under discussion, and which now may be fairly held to be settled in favor of the latter view. (Daniell's Physics.) The name used in connection with an extensive and important class of phenomena, and usually denoting the unknown cause of the phenomena or the science that treats of them. (Imperial Dictionary.) Electricity. . . is the imponderable physical agent, cause, force or the molecular movement, by which, under certain conditions, certain phenomena, chiefly those of attraction and repulsion, . . . are produced. (John Angell.) It has been suggested that if anything can rightly be called "electricity," this must be the ether itself; and that all electrical and magnetic phenomena are simply due to changes, strains and motions in the ether. Perhaps negative electrification. . .means an excess of ether, and positive electrification a defect of ether, as compared with the normal density. (W. Larden.) Electricity is the name given to the supposed agent producing the described condition (i. e. electrification) of bodies. (Fleeming Jenkin.) There are certain bodies which, when warm and dry, acquire by friction, the property of attracting feathers, filaments of silk or indeed any light body towards them. This property is called Electricity, and bodies which possess it are said to be electrified. (Linnaeus Cumming.) What electricity is it is impossible to say, but for the present it is convenient to look upon it as a kind of invisible something which pervades all bodies. (W. Perren Maycock.) What is electricity? No one knows. It seems to be one manifestation of the energy which fills the universe and which appears in a variety of other forms, such as heat, light, magnetism, chemical affinity, mechanical motion, etc. (Park Benjamin.) The theory of electricity adopted throughout these lessons is, that electricity, whatever its true nature, is one, not two; that this Electricity, whatever it may prove to be, is not matter, and is not energy; that it resembles both matter and energy in one respect, however, in that it can neither be created nor destroyed. (Sylvanus P. Thomson.) In Physics a name denoting the cause of an important class of phenomena of attraction and repulsion, chemical decomposition, etc., or, collectively, these p

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Electricity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2808

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Electricity' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1996

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Electricity' in Nouns Frequency: #1160


Translations for Electricity

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

electricity(noun)

a form of energy used to give heat, light, power etc

worked by electricity; Don't waste electricity.

Get even more translations for Electricity »

Translation

Find a translation for the Electricity definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these Electricity definitions with the community:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Electricity." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 18 Sep. 2014. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/Electricity>.

Are we missing a good definition for Electricity?


The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations


A Member Of The STANDS4 Network


Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for Electricity: