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hydroelectric

[hahy-droh-i-lek-trik] /ˌhaɪ droʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the generation and distribution of electricity derived from the energy of falling water or any other hydraulic source.
Origin of hydroelectric
1825-1835
1825-35; hydro-1 + electric
Related forms
hydroelectricity
[hahy-droh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-] /ˌhaɪ droʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • The rivers have a high potential for the generation of hydroelectric power.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Porter might give it to him in exchange for a guarantee of the hydroelectric post.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • hydroelectric capacity development had been relatively more rapid, with a sixfold increase during the decade.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • We have made tremendous public investments in highways, hydroelectric power projects, soil conservation, and reclamation.

  • Maybe Crane figured Taber's scalp was too small a price to pay for the hydroelectric plum.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • We shall then have an opportunity that never before has been given us to develop the hydroelectric possibilities of the country.

  • Output per unit of thermal capacity was more than double that of hydroelectric generators.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • The other ten per cent according to the Commission's plan will be hydroelectric power.

    The Coming of Coal Robert W. Bruere
British Dictionary definitions for hydroelectric

hydroelectric

/ˌhaɪdrəʊɪˈlɛktrɪk/
adjective
1.
generated by the pressure of falling water: hydroelectric power
2.
of or concerned with the generation of electricity by water pressure: a hydroelectric scheme
Derived Forms
hydroelectricity (ˌhaɪdrəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ; -ˌiːlɛk-) noun
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Word Origin and History for hydroelectric
adj.

1827, formed in English from hydro- + electric. Related: Hydroelectricity.

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hydroelectric in Science
hydroelectric
  (hī'drō-ĭ-lěk'trĭk)   

Using the power of water currents to generate electric power. Generally, hydroelectric power is created by directing water flow through a turbine, where the water causes fans to turn, creating the torque needed to drive an electric generator.
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