Definition of electric in English:


Syllabification: e·lec·tric
Pronunciation: /iˈlektrik


  • 1Of, worked by, charged with, or producing electricity: an electric stove an electric current
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    • In fact, each ‘window’ is an array of photovoltaic cells that generate electric current when exposed to the light.
    • The gravitomagnetic field is created by moving masses, much as magnetic fields are created by moving electric charges.
    • We experience movement of charge in the electric current in wires.
  • 1.1(Of a musical instrument) amplified through a loudspeaker: electric bass guitar
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    • Becalmed sounds of electric piano, bass, acoustic guitars, and soft trumpet tones appear at a tempo that's so relaxed it's almost asleep.
    • The song's detailed arrangement is fleshed out by electric piano, aquatic guitar lines, and exotic percussion.
    • But it's important to remember that electric guitars and electric pianos were new at the time, and there were new recording techniques.
  • 1.2(Of a color) brilliant and vivid: images shot through with jagged streaks of electric blue
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    • As in Donald Judd's work, Batchelor's electric color and synthetic surfaces are too abstracted to actually refer to a particular source.
    • The colors are electric, the image sharp and crisp.
    • The colors are electric, moving from the eclectic celebration in Times Square to the nightmarish rescue on the George Washington Bridge.


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  • An electric train or other vehicle.
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    • I used an electric for years since I always had problems with blades especially on my neck.
    • I will never, ever have an electric if I can avoid it.
    • She traded it for my first electric - some sort of strat copy - and the assistant at the shop totally ripped her off.


mid 17th century: from modern Latin electricus, from Latin electrum 'amber', from Greek ēlektron (because rubbing amber causes electrostatic phenomena).

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