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Meaning of ELECTRIC

Pronunciation:  i'lektrik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a car that is powered by electricity
  2. [adj]  affected by emotion as if by electricity; thrilling; "gave an electric reading of the play"; "the new leader had a galvanic effect on morale"
  3. [adj]  (of a situation) exceptionally tense; "an atmosphere electric with suspicion"
  4. [adj]  using or providing or producing or transmitting or operated by electricity; "electric current"; "electric wiring"; "electrical appliances"; "an electrical storm"

ELECTRIC is a 8 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: electric automobile, electric car, electrical, exciting, galvanic, galvanising, galvanizing, tense
 See Also: auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \E*lec"tric\, Electrical \E*lec"tric*al\, a. [L.
    electrum amber, a mixed metal, Gr. ?; akin to ? the beaming
    sun, cf. Skr. arc to beam, shine: cf. F. ['e]lectrique. The
    name came from the production of electricity by the friction
    of amber.]
    1. Pertaining to electricity; consisting of, containing,
       derived from, or produced by, electricity; as, electric
       power or virtue; an electric jar; electric effects; an
       electric spark.
    2. Capable of occasioning the phenomena of electricity; as,
       an electric or electrical machine or substance.
    3. Electrifying; thrilling; magnetic. ``Electric Pindar.''
       --Mrs. Browning.
    {Electric atmosphere}, or {Electric aura}. See under {Aura}.
    {Electrical battery}. See {Battery}.
    {Electrical brush}. See under {Brush}.
    {Electric cable}. See {Telegraph cable}, under {Telegraph}.
    {Electric candle}. See under {Candle}.
    {Electric cat} (Zo["o]l.), one of three or more large species
       of African catfish of the genus {Malapterurus} (esp. {M.
       electricus} of the Nile). They have a large electrical
       organ and are able to give powerful shocks; -- called also
    {Electric clock}. See under {Clock}, and see
    {Electric current}, a current or stream of electricity
       traversing a closed circuit formed of conducting
       substances, or passing by means of conductors from one
       body to another which is in a different electrical state.
    {Electric, or Electrical}, {eel} (Zo["o]l.), a South American
       eel-like fresh-water fish of the genus {Gymnotus} ({G.
       electricus}), from two to five feet in length, capable of
       giving a violent electric shock. See {Gymnotus}.
    {Electrical fish} (Zo["o]l.), any fish which has an
       electrical organ by means of which it can give an
       electrical shock. The best known kinds are the torpedo,
       the gymnotus, or electrical eel, and the electric cat. See
       {Torpedo}, and {Gymnotus}.
    {Electric fluid}, the supposed matter of electricity;
    {Electrical image} (Elec.), a collection of electrical points
       regarded as forming, by an analogy with optical phenomena,
       an image of certain other electrical points, and used in
       the solution of electrical problems. --Sir W. Thomson.
    {Electrical light}, the light produced by a current of
       electricity which in passing through a resisting medium
       heats it to incandescence or burns it. See under {Carbon}.
    {Electric, or Electrical}, {machine}, an apparatus for
       generating, collecting, or exciting, electricity, as by
    {Electric motor}. See {Electro-motor}, 2.
    {Electric osmose}. (Physics) See under {Osmose}.
    {Electric pen}, a hand pen for making perforated stencils for
       multiplying writings. It has a puncturing needle driven at
       great speed by a very small magneto-electric engine on the
    {Electric railway}, a railway in which the machinery for
       moving the cars is driven by an electric current.
    {Electric ray} (Zo["o]l.), the torpedo.
    {Electric telegraph}. See {Telegraph}.
  2. \E*lec"tric\, n. (Physics)
    A nonconductor of electricity, as amber, glass, resin, etc.,
    employed to excite or accumulate electricity.
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