Definition of electrify in English:



  • 1Charge with electricity; pass an electric current through.

    ‘an electrified fence’
    • ‘The new electrified vehicles are faster and more comfortable than the buses currently operating on the line.’
    • ‘In seconds, his life is snuffed out as the wire is electrified because of improper insulation.’
    • ‘Construction of the four-and-a-half mile timber and wire fence and an inner electrified fence will begin in April, according to the project manager.’
    • ‘The fence, now electrified no longer and partially nonexistent, sagged pitifully.’
    • ‘You also can use five strands of barbed wire or a five-strand New Zealand fence with two strands electrified.’
    • ‘Well at least they knew the fence wasn't electrified.’
    • ‘I would suggest that the fence should be electrified.’
    • ‘They're completely unsafe, I'm sure they would be banned in America: they run on batteries, and have fine wires which are electrified when you push a button on the side of the handle.’
    • ‘We were told there would be a romper room, but it seems there are only dangerous, mined areas and electrified chain fences where kids could easily injure themselves on flying shrapnel.’
    • ‘By doing this there is no current loss and all the fence line will be electrified.’
    • ‘This means that when you electrify wires in camp while the feed lines into camp are dead, you're also electrifying the power lines out of camp.’
    • ‘Then electrified hurricane barbed wire was looped across the top of the fence, its barbs laced with deadly blowfish toxin.’
    • ‘Place a normal rat in a cage with a grid floor, sound a tone, and then briefly electrify the grid with a current that will feel painful to the rat (but not strong enough to cause any damage to the rat's paws).’
    • ‘He was electrified by a ‘bull wire’ fence around his home, because he believed a man in the area was going to blow his head off.’
    • ‘What about if you only had one or two strands of wire but they were electrified?’
    • ‘If it is dark, you may not be able to see the fallen power line that has electrified the puddle of water or the cracked tree limb about to crash down onto the sidewalk.’
    • ‘Blue fire raced across the wire mesh of the net; it was electrified.’
    • ‘At Leyland, a car travelling along the motorway left the roadway, travelled down the motorway embankment and across the high speed electrified main lines before coming to rest on the slow lines.’
    1. 1.1 Convert (a machine or system, especially a railroad line) to the use of electrical power.
      • ‘When the lines were electrified, great care was taken to minimise the negative aesthetic impact of overhead wires and line poles.’
      • ‘We are electrifying the system as we go to make provision for future developments, Mr Lalor said.’
      • ‘Particularly if the rail system was electrified, it would not put the same degree of fumes into the air as motor vehicles do.’
      • ‘One obvious way would be to electrify important sections of our rail network.’
      • ‘In later years, the tarries were electrified, and poles held the trolley wire.’
      • ‘Work is due to start next year on a 340 million euro project to upgrade and electrify the main railway line from Plovdiv to Svilengrad near the Turkish border.’
      • ‘It was the first of the big companies to electrify its lines, in the early part of the 20th century, and the only one to branch out into the big-time property market.’
      • ‘The darkness was the result of one of those choices imposed on supposedly electrified villages that have no control over when the ‘current’ will come each day.’
      • ‘The rails aren't electrified; wires are run through the channels so that electrical devices can be powered at predetermined positions along the rails.’
      • ‘Certainly If the Caldervale lines were electrified, the class 333 trains could be used on all the through journeys from north to south.’
      • ‘This new route presents a golden opportunity to use the rolling stock that was mostly idled when the Blainville line was electrified.’
      • ‘There would be no point in us electrifying a line unless Scot-Rail bought some trains to run on it.’
      • ‘A couple of years later, power lines were run over Imogene Pass, and the Camp Bird mine was electrified.’
      • ‘Temporary fences can be electrified by connecting to a mains boundary fence.’
      • ‘They got in before our security guard came on duty, but I am now electrifying the fence and getting 24-hour protection.’
      • ‘The current schedule is nearly 40 years old, introduced when the system was electrified.’
      • ‘The company concedes that the present timetable, which was set out when the system was electrified in 1967, cannot cope with increasing passenger numbers.’
      • ‘The Manpower Northern Electricity Consortium which was awarded the contract to electrify the area was currently having negotiations with Government to give the concessions.’
      • ‘After a few more years, we were delighted to find that there were plans to electrify the line and, after considerable disruption, trains began stopping at our station once again.’
      • ‘He added: ‘It is now coming home that the Glasgow to Edinburgh route will never be anything more than a ‘touch and go’ service until the line is fully electrified.’’
      convert to electricity, wire up, install electric wiring in
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  • 2often as adjective electrifyingImpress greatly; thrill.

    ‘an electrifying performance’
    • ‘When he emerged from the London to Runcorn train journey who should he see to electrify him back to life?’
    • ‘The Thames was frozen and the vast auditorium less than a third full, but from his first appearance the small, swarthy actor electrified the audience.’
    • ‘The very early material makes its own case more powerfully than ever, electrifying the crowd.’
    • ‘The city immediately was electrified and energized; Washington is a football town, and not even Michael Jordan's hiring had this kind of uplifting effect on the citizenry.’
    • ‘At that moment, Galway would have been electrified by a sudden current of adrenaline and optimism, every player bursting for the next ball.’
    • ‘These reform organizations electrified Americans with the sense that society could be fundamentally altered and improved, that evil could be overcome with sufficient effort and God's help.’
    • ‘His sexual charisma, panther-like grace, and blazing dramatic presence electrified audiences and inspired a new generation of male dancers.’
    • ‘He was electrifying the crowd in a way you seldom see a politician manage to pull off.’
    • ‘Julian sang each note with heartfelt sincerity as Blake's blistering guitar work electrified the audience.’
    • ‘The crowd was electrified by what was arguably one of the best matches ever.’
    • ‘His stage performance that night electrified the crowd and it led to a recording opportunity.’
    • ‘I started with a shrimp dish, which electrified me.’
    • ‘And both LaMontagne and Oberst are electrified into activity by some of the same currents that originally charged Dylan.’
    • ‘And when that news came out, people were absolutely electrified.’
    • ‘What is happening here is electrifying people with ambition throughout the world.’
    • ‘Since their inception in July 1999, they've been electrifying crowds all over Canada with their unique style and socially concious lyrics.’
    • ‘The thinking behind the move was that it would electrify voters with a charge of democratic zeal, and translate into 60 per cent voter turnout.’
    • ‘This ensemble electrifies the concert stage with their combination of technical virtuosity, vivid artistic interpretation and contagious exuberance in performance.’
    excite, thrill, stimulate, arouse, rouse, inspire, exhilarate, intoxicate, galvanize, move, motivate, fire someone's imagination, invigorate, animate, get someone going
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Mid 18th century: from electric + -fy.