Definition of electric in English:



  • 1Of, worked by, charged with, or producing electricity.

    ‘an electric cooker’
    • ‘The Ministry of Electricity is implementing measures to stabilize the oscillation of electric current in its power lines.’
    • ‘If the distribution of moving electric charge is not symmetric, the magnetic field will also be unsymmetric.’
    • ‘X-ray flares bombard these disks, likely giving them an electric charge.’
    • ‘These charges include electric traction current and station-leasing charges.’
    • ‘Liquid crystals are rod shaped molecules that bend light in response to an electric current; the crystals align so that no light can pass through.’
    • ‘I looked up from where I sat and saw the main electric switch, connecting the house to the outside lines.’
    • ‘A first naive picture of an electron - this is not an accurate picture but it's a start - is as a tiny ball with electric charge - which is what flows when a current flows in a wire.’
    • ‘Wires are placed on the scalp and the arms or legs are stimulated with a mild electric current.’
    • ‘In yet another room was a small piece consisting of two electric fans with their blades replaced by rods with twists of leaves at the end.’
    • ‘Yet for this and any other electronics application, the materials must also be able to carry an electric current.’
    • ‘The film measures the compression force, which is seen in the form of the electric charge of opposite surfaces.’
    • ‘The boundaries between grains act like barriers to electric charge carriers, impeding the flow of current.’
    • ‘These specifications will allow smooth interface between different systems using electric power lines for audio, video and data networking.’
    • ‘We experience movement of charge in the electric current in wires.’
    • ‘The higher the value is the more electric charge can be stored, thereby indicating that a substance is superior as a condenser material.’
    • ‘We can power the fuel cell using renewable energies to generate hydrogen, and then convert it into electricity to charge the electric car.’
    • ‘In this process, acupuncture needles are placed at selected points and then pulsed with an electric current to stimulate the acupuncture points.’
    • ‘In fact, each ‘window’ is an array of photovoltaic cells that generate electric current when exposed to the light.’
    • ‘The gravitomagnetic field is created by moving masses, much as magnetic fields are created by moving electric charges.’
    • ‘The electric currents passing through the copper tubing in the accelerator produce vast amounts of heat.’
    generated by electricity, galvanic, voltaic
    electric-powered, powered by electricity, electrically operated, electrically powered, mains-operated, battery-operated, electrically charged
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    1. 1.1 (of a musical instrument) amplified through a loudspeaker.
      ‘electric bass guitar’
      • ‘But it's important to remember that electric guitars and electric pianos were new at the time, and there were new recording techniques.’
      • ‘The song's detailed arrangement is fleshed out by electric piano, aquatic guitar lines, and exotic percussion.’
      • ‘Becalmed sounds of electric piano, bass, acoustic guitars, and soft trumpet tones appear at a tempo that's so relaxed it's almost asleep.’
      • ‘A standard electric bass guitar covers over three octaves.’
      • ‘This stripped-down affair featured singer Kelly Jones on acoustic guitar, accompanied by piano, muted electric guitar and electric bass.’
  • 2Having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement.

    ‘the atmosphere was electric’
    • ‘In the end, however, it's simply the electric thrill of the music itself that makes this release so essential.’
    • ‘My heart suffered a sudden electric jolt when I realized who had spoken.’
    • ‘The excitement was almost electric as Claude withdrew a beautiful antique pocket watch from his coat.’
    • ‘The atmosphere on the ship was electric, and that moment gave me a great sense of pride and humility.’
    • ‘As the queue grew by the buckets the excitement in the carpark was electric with eager fans ranging from two years all the way up to 70.’
    • ‘Through the confusion I felt an electric elation, a sense of the force of life moving swiftly along my entire person.’
    • ‘As she leaned back he shifted again, maybe only to get more comfortable, but his knee brushed hers and she felt an electric thrill course through her.’
    • ‘The atmosphere has been electric and obviously everyone is excited.’
    • ‘The man who thrilled millions with his devastating body serve, electric change of pace and his supreme skill died last Friday.’
    • ‘Mark McColl, at 18, thrilled with electric bursts of pace.’
    • ‘The excitement at this game was electric as the spectators shouted and screamed for the young players.’
    • ‘Closest to the camera, one young man turns toward another with an electric sense of movement, seemingly oblivious to Lawton's presence.’
    • ‘His hands found my throat and his thumbs stroked it in smooth, tantalizing lines that sent electric thrills through my body.’
    • ‘I'm now under a dense canopy of bush and the air is suddenly electric with the pulsing of cicadas.’
    • ‘The excitement was electric on that sunny evening as the students of Gallagher House got their spin in the 18 seater bus.’
    • ‘The air was electric as the sell-out crowd waited in excited anticipation to hear the 64-year-old Spaniard sing favourites from Verdi and Wagner.’
    • ‘The air was electric - the older generation bursting with excitement with what was going to happen next, and the younger ones bursting with curiosity abut what that something was.’
    • ‘The love in the air was electric and both, even the one whose senses had ceased five years ago, could feel it.’
    • ‘By now the atmosphere was electric and the screams of excitement from the fans almost deafening.’
    • ‘With their unruly instincts and their tingling, uncharted senses, they have an electric effect.’
    tense, charged, electrifying
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  • 1electricsBritish The system of electric wiring and parts in a house or vehicle.

    ‘there's something wrong with the electrics’
    • ‘The fire, which is believed to have started in the cupboard that houses the electrics on the ground floor, took three hours to bring under control and more than 30 firefighters were involved.’
    • ‘This is a system whereby electrics are controlled from a central switch.’
    • ‘Superconductors were once the vision of the future for levitating trains and resistance-free electrics.’
    • ‘They claimed they were carrying out electrical work in the area and needed to check the electrics in her house.’
    • ‘Almost all the electrics in the house are controlled by computer.’
    • ‘Works will include new toilets, plus a wheelchair access toilet, new kitchen and meting room, new central heating system, new electrics and a new slated roof.’
    • ‘We've rewired all the electrics at ceiling height, put in a new bar floor and reupholstered.’
    • ‘The fire seemed to go out, and so did everything in the whole house, as I'd fused all the electrics.’
    • ‘He said: ‘All the wiring, electrics, plumbing is already in.’’
  • 2An electric train or other vehicle.

    ‘diesels and electrics were included in the display of locomotives’
    • ‘She traded it for my first electric - some sort of strat copy - and the assistant at the shop totally ripped her off.’
    • ‘They had a boat, a 130 ft Japanese diesel electric with holes and without handrails.’
    • ‘I will never, ever have an electric if I can avoid it.’
    • ‘The battery-operated brush whirls like an electric at close to a manual toothbrush price.’
    • ‘I used an electric for years since I always had problems with blades especially on my neck.’
    • ‘His hand slowly got closer to her arm, she could feel the electric of his touch.’
    • ‘Though an electric could be as beautiful as an acoustic, Pixie intended to play the less beautiful songs today.’


Mid 17th century: from modern Latin electricus, from Latin electrum ‘amber’, from Greek ēlektron (because rubbing amber causes electrostatic phenomena).