Definition of electric in English:



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

    ‘an electric cooker’
    • ‘The film measures the compression force, which is seen in the form of the electric charge of opposite surfaces.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, each ‘window’ is an array of photovoltaic cells that generate electric current when exposed to the light.’
    • ‘Yet for this and any other electronics application, the materials must also be able to carry an electric current.’
    • ‘We can power the fuel cell using renewable energies to generate hydrogen, and then convert it into electricity to charge the electric car.’
    • ‘The higher the value is the more electric charge can be stored, thereby indicating that a substance is superior as a condenser material.’
    • ‘We experience movement of charge in the electric current in wires.’
    • ‘The boundaries between grains act like barriers to electric charge carriers, impeding the flow of current.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These charges include electric traction current and station-leasing charges.’
    • ‘I looked up from where I sat and saw the main electric switch, connecting the house to the outside lines.’
    • ‘These specifications will allow smooth interface between different systems using electric power lines for audio, video and data networking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wires are placed on the scalp and the arms or legs are stimulated with a mild electric current.’
    • ‘If the distribution of moving electric charge is not symmetric, the magnetic field will also be unsymmetric.’
    • ‘The electric currents passing through the copper tubing in the accelerator produce vast amounts of heat.’
    • ‘In this process, acupuncture needles are placed at selected points and then pulsed with an electric current to stimulate the acupuncture points.’
    • ‘The Ministry of Electricity is implementing measures to stabilize the oscillation of electric current in its power lines.’
    • ‘X-ray flares bombard these disks, likely giving them an electric charge.’
    • ‘The gravitomagnetic field is created by moving masses, much as magnetic fields are created by moving electric charges.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This stripped-down affair featured singer Kelly Jones on acoustic guitar, accompanied by piano, muted electric guitar and electric bass.’
      • ‘A standard electric bass guitar covers over three octaves.’
      • ‘But it's important to remember that electric guitars and electric pianos were new at the time, and there were new recording techniques.’
  • 2Having or producing a sudden sense of thrilling excitement.

    ‘the atmosphere was electric’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 man who thrilled millions with his devastating body serve, electric change of pace and his supreme skill died last Friday.’
    • ‘In the end, however, it's simply the electric thrill of the music itself that makes this release so essential.’
    • ‘The excitement was electric on that sunny evening as the students of Gallagher House got their spin in the 18 seater bus.’
    • ‘By now the atmosphere was electric and the screams of excitement from the fans almost deafening.’
    • ‘The excitement was almost electric as Claude withdrew a beautiful antique pocket watch from his coat.’
    • ‘With their unruly instincts and their tingling, uncharted senses, they have an electric effect.’
    • ‘Closest to the camera, one young man turns toward another with an electric sense of movement, seemingly oblivious to Lawton's presence.’
    • ‘My heart suffered a sudden electric jolt when I realized who had spoken.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mark McColl, at 18, thrilled with electric bursts of pace.’
    • ‘The atmosphere on the ship was electric, and that moment gave me a great sense of pride and humility.’
    • ‘The excitement at this game was electric as the spectators shouted and screamed for the young players.’
    • ‘The atmosphere has been electric and obviously everyone is excited.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His hands found my throat and his thumbs stroked it in smooth, tantalizing lines that sent electric thrills through my body.’
    • ‘The love in the air was electric and both, even the one whose senses had ceased five years ago, could feel it.’
    • ‘Through the confusion I felt an electric elation, a sense of the force of life moving swiftly along my entire person.’
    • ‘I'm now under a dense canopy of bush and the air is suddenly electric with the pulsing of cicadas.’
    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’
    • ‘They claimed they were carrying out electrical work in the area and needed to check the electrics in her house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We've rewired all the electrics at ceiling height, put in a new bar floor and reupholstered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said: ‘All the wiring, electrics, plumbing is already in.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fire seemed to go out, and so did everything in the whole house, as I'd fused all the electrics.’
    • ‘Almost all the electrics in the house are controlled by computer.’
  • 2An electric train or other vehicle.

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


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