static electricity

noun Electricity.
a stationary electric charge built up on an insulating material.
Compare electrostatics.


Origin:
1875–80

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static electricity  
Electric charge that has accumulated on an object. Static electricity is often created when two objects that are not good electrical conductors are rubbed together, and electrons from one of the objects rub off onto the other. This happens, for example, when combing one's hair or taking off a sweater. Sudden releases of built-up static electricity can take the form of an electric arc. See Note at electric charge.
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static electricity definition


An electrical charge that accumulates on an object when it is rubbed against another object — for example, the spark that jumps from someone's hand to a doorknob after the person has walked across a rug.

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Example sentences
Volcanic-ash clouds contain a lot of static electricity.
Chemical electrodes of this sort can store a lot more energy than the static
  electricity of a capacitor.
Inside the machine is a drum, charged with static electricity, that attracts
  toner particles.
If you don't, in wintertime you'll get shocks of static electricity when you
  touch your machine.
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