electricity

[ih-lek-tris-i-tee, ee-lek-]
noun
3.
the science dealing with electric charges and currents.
4.
a state or feeling of excitement, anticipation, tension, etc.

Origin:
1640–50; electric + -ity

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electricity (ɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ, ˌiːlɛk-)
 
n
1.  any phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons, ions, or other charged particles
2.  the science concerned with electricity
3.  an electric current or charge: a motor powered by electricity
4.  emotional tension or excitement, esp between or among people

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electricity
1640s (Browne), from electric + -ity.
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electricity  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (ĭ-lěk-trĭs'ĭ-tē)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The collection of physical effects related to the force and motion of electrically charged particles, typically electrons, through or across matter and space. See also circuit, conductor, electric potential.

  2. Electric current, or a source of electric current.

  3. A buildup of electric charge. See also static electricity.


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electricity definition


A flow of electrical charges, such as electrons, through a conductor.

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Example sentences
Electricity theft is not only dangerous, but it weakens power delivery systems
  around the world.
Still, unlike electricity from traditional sources, wind power is not always
  available on demand.
Nuclear power supplies a sixth of the world's electricity.
Scientists have invented a backpack that creates enough electricity to power
  seven portable gadgets at once.
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