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[ih-lek-tris-i-tee, ee-lek-] /ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, ˌi lɛk-/
the science dealing with electric charges and currents.
a state or feeling of excitement, anticipation, tension, etc.
Origin of electricity
1640-50; electric + -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the web for electricity
  • 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.
  • Hybrid chargers can be plugged in and are capable of automatically switching between solar power and home electricity.
  • It is the first time in the world that electricity directly from a tidal current has been fed into a power grid.
  • Wind turbines, also called windmills, harness the power of the wind to produce electricity.
  • And, although it didn't seem to matter at the time, it used less electricity and extended the life of the bulb.
  • Purchase environmentally friendly green power electricity.
  • These translate the old-fashioned muscle power of hand and wrist into electricity.
British Dictionary definitions for electricity


/ɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ; ˌiːlɛk-/
any phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons, ions, or other charged particles
the science concerned with electricity
an electric current or charge: a motor powered by electricity
emotional tension or excitement, esp between or among people
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Word Origin and History for electricity

1640s (Browne), from electric + -ity. Originally in reference to friction.

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electricity in Science
  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 in Culture

electricity definition

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

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