What does electricity mean?

Definitions for electricity
ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, ˌi lɛk-elec·tric·i·ty

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word electricity.

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"


  1. Electricity(n.)

    (Physics) a property of certain of the fundamental particles of which matter is composed, called also electric charge, and being of two types, designated positive and negative; the property of electric charge on a particle or physical body creates a force field which affects other particles or bodies possessing electric charge; positive charges create a repulsive force between them, and negative charges also create a repulsive force. A positively charged body and a negatively charged body will create an attractive force between them. The unit of electrical charge is the coulomb, and the intensity of the force field at any point is measured in volts.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. lectricit. See Electric.]

  2. Electricity(n.)

    any of several phenomena associated with the accumulation or movement of electrically charged particles within material bodies, classified as static electricity and electric current. Static electricity is often observed in everyday life, when it causes certain materials to cling together; when sufficient static charge is accumulated, an electric current may pass through the air between two charged bodies, and is observed as a visible spark; when the spark passes from a human body to another object it may be felt as a mild to strong painful sensation. Electricity in the form of electric current is put to many practical uses in electrical and electronic devices. Lightning is also known to be a form of electric current passing between clouds and the ground, or between two clouds. Electric currents may produce heat, light, concussion, and often chemical changes when passed between objects or through any imperfectly conducting substance or space. Accumulation of electrical charge or generation of a voltage differnce between two parts of a complex object may be caused by any of a variety of disturbances of molecular equilibrium, whether from a chemical, physical, or mechanical, cause. Electric current in metals and most other solid coductors is carried by the movement of electrons from one part of the metal to another. In ionic solutions and in semiconductors, other types of movement of charged particles may be responsible for the observed electrical current.

    Etymology: [Cf. F. lectricit. See Electric.]


  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)


    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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. lectricit. See Electric.]

  2. Electricity(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. lectricit. See Electric.]

  3. Electricity(noun)

    fig.: Electrifying energy or characteristic

    Etymology: [Cf. F. lectricit. See Electric.]


  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

Editors Contribution

  1. electricity

    A form of energy and power.

    The electricity is vital for electric Vehicles.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 16, 2020  

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

How to pronounce electricity?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say electricity in sign language?

  1. electricity


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of electricity in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of electricity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of electricity in a Sentence

  1. Selena Gomez:

    My first WE Day experience was three years ago, and to say I was impressed is an understatement, the electricity of an arena full of thousands of young people who are making real change in the world is like nothing I've ever experienced.

  2. Agul Huseinova:

    All the electricity lines were damaged. There is no electricity, no gas and we can't even go and work on our land plots.

  3. The United:

    Venezuela has truly collapsed already, there is no service in the hospitals. These were the best hospitals in the country. If The United States are in the capital what is it like kilometers inside Venezuela where there hasn't been or there has been very little gasoline with periodic cuts in electricity, without basic goods, with inefficient public transportation ? You can say with all responsibility that Venezuela has already collapsed.

  4. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo:

    But I believe that together, with joint actions of the government, the state and the coal miners it will be possible to create good prospects for the coal industry. It has to be merged with the electricity sector.

  5. Stacie Wu:

    In terms of the industrial side, which drives a lot of our commodities in the near term, we look at other measures as well, for example electricity generation, and some of those lead indicators actually tell us there is activity happening, if you look at property sales and property prices, those have been improving as well.

Images & Illustrations of electricity

  1. electricityelectricityelectricityelectricityelectricity

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for electricity

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for electricity »


Find a translation for the electricity definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these electricity definitions with the community:



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


    "electricity." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 22 Apr. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/electricity>.

    Are we missing a good definition for electricity? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    an unpleasant or disastrous destiny
    • A. attend
    • B. emerge
    • C. refine
    • D. doom

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for electricity:


    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.