electric

[ih-lek-trik]
adjective
1.
pertaining to, derived from, produced by, or involving electricity: an electric shock.
2.
producing, transmitting, or operated by electric currents: an electric bell; electric cord.
3.
electrifying; thrilling; exciting; stirring: The atmosphere was electric with excitement.
4.
a.
producing sound by electrical or electronic means: an electric piano.
b.
equipped with connections to an amplifier-loudspeaker system: an electric violin.
noun
5.
Railroads.
a.
an electric locomotive.
b.
Informal. a railroad operated by electricity.
6.
electricity: residential users of gas and electric.
7.
something, as an appliance, vehicle, or toy, operated by electricity.
8.
Archaic. a substance that is a nonconductor of electricity, as glass or amber, used to store or to excite an electric charge.

Origin:
1640–50; < Neo-Latin electricus, equivalent to Latin ēlectr(um) amber (see electrum) + -icus -ic

nonelectric, adjective, noun
preelectric, adjective
unelectric, adjective


3. spirited, rousing, dynamic.


3. dull, uninspired, prosaic.
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electric (ɪˈlɛktrɪk)
 
adj
1.  of, derived from, produced by, producing, transmitting, or powered by electricity: electric current; an electric cord; an electric blanket; an electric fence; an electric fire
2.  (of a musical instrument) amplified electronically: an electric guitar; an electric mandolin
3.  very tense or exciting; emotionally charged: an electric atmosphere
 
n
4.  informal an electric train, car, etc
5.  informal (Brit) electricity or electrical power
6.  (plural) an electric circuit or electric appliances
 

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electric
1640s, first used in English by physician Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), coined in Mod.L. by English physicist William Gilbert (1540-1603) in treatise "De Magnete" (1600), from L. electrum "amber," from Gk. elektron "amber" (Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus), also "pale gold" (a compound of 1 part silver to
4 of gold); of unknown origin. The physical force so called because it first was generated by rubbing amber. Electric toothbrush first recorded 1936; electric typewriter 1958.
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electric (ĭ-lěk'trĭk) also electrical   (ĭ-lěk'trĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to or operated by electricity. Compare electronic.
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Example sentences
Intrigues are not difficult to find in the world of electric vehicles.
Electric heaters can heat everything from small parts of a house to an entire
  building.
Not only does this electric venting skylight easily open, but closes
  automatically once the rain sensor is activated.
The electric car is not cost effective and would not exist without government
  tax subsidies.
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