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electric British & World English

Of, worked by, charged with, or producing electricity

electric English Thesaurus

electric power

all-electric British & World English

Using only electric power.

electric bell British & World English

A bell operated by electricity, typically having a hammer operated by a solenoid which makes a rapid succession of hits as a result of a make-and-break contact on the solenoid.

electric bulb British & World English

= electric light bulb.

electric car British & World English

Originally US a tramcar propelled by electricity (now rare).

electric egg British & World English

A sealed glass vessel having a projecting electrode at each end, which can be evacuated in order to demonstrate electrical phenomena in gases at various pressures when one electrode is charged relative to the other.

electric fan British & World English

A fan driven by an electric motor.

electric fish British & World English

Any of certain fishes that can deliver an electrical discharge.

electric iron British & World English

An iron which is heated by an electric element.

electric kite British & World English

A kite of the kind used by Benjamin Franklin in 1752 to show that lightning is an electrical phenomenon, having a wire on it to attract lightning.

electric line British & World English

A railway or tramway operated by electricity.

electric-lit British & World English

= electric-lighted.

electric lobe British & World English

(In an electric fish, especially an electric ray) a lobe of the brain that controls the electric organ.

electric log British & World English

A ship's log registering by electricity.

electric sign British & World English

A sign (especially a shop sign) illuminated by electricity.

electric wave British & World English

An electric signal in the form of a wave; a rhythmically varying voltage.

electric wire British & World English

A wire or cable carrying an electric current, especially as part of the electricity supply in a building.

gas-electric British & World English

Using both petrol and electricity, either by means of an internal-combustion engine driving an electricity generator, or with an internal-combustion engine and an electric motor as independent sources of motive power.

idio-electric British & World English

Capable of acquiring static electricity by friction.

non-electric British & World English

(Originally) not capable of generating static electricity; (later) not operated by electricity.

pre-electric British & World English

Occurring in or relating to the time before the use of electricity, especially in the recording of music. Also occasionally as noun: a record made in this period.

rheo-electric British & World English

Relating to the flow or production of an electric current.

electric blue British & World English

A steely or brilliant light blue

electric eel British & World English

A large eel-like freshwater fish of South America, using pulses of electricity to kill prey, assist in navigation, and for defence

electric eye British & World English

A photoelectric cell operating a relay when the beam of light illuminating it is obscured

electric fire British & World English

An electrically operated incandescent or convector heater, typically a portable one for domestic use

electric puha British & World English

Cannabis, particularly when locally grown

electric ray British & World English

A sluggish bottom-dwelling marine ray that typically lives in shallow water and can produce an electric shock for the capture of prey and for defence

electric action British & World English

An electrical mechanism for sounding the pipes on a pipe organ.

electric brake British & World English

(In electrically driven vehicles) a brake operated by the temporary use of the driving motor as a generator, so that the vehicle's energy of motion is turned into electrical energy, the resulting current being either returned to the supply line or dissipated as heat in a resistance.

electric bridge British & World English

Electricity an arrangement of electrical circuits used for measuring the resistance of an element of the circuit.

electric cable British & World English

A rope-like line for carrying electric current or electrical signals, consisting of a number of individually insulated wires bound together inside a protective sheath of insulating material.

electric candle British & World English

A disused form of electric arc light in which the carbon rods are placed side by side separated by a layer of plaster of Paris or similar material, which gradually vapourizes as the electrodes burn away.

electric charge British & World English

The quantity whose presence or flow constitutes electricity, now recognized as an intrinsic property of certain subatomic particles; the property of something by virtue of which it is affected by an electric field; an excess of one or other kind of this (positive or negative) on or in an object.

electric chime British & World English

A chime operated by electricity, specifically one used as a doorbell.

electric chorea British & World English

A disorder characterized by sudden muscle spasms originally likened to those produced by an electric shock, typically accompanied by progressive paralysis and muscle wasting (now thought to have been caused by some kind of encephalitis or meningitis).

electric column British & World English

A form of the voltaic pile; now historical.

electric dipole British & World English

A dipole consisting of separate positive and negative electric charges.

electric fluid British & World English

A subtle, imponderable, all-pervading fluid that was formerly thought to be the cause of electrical phenomena. Also figurative. Compare earlier electric fire.

electric force British & World English

The force with which electricity tends to move matter; the force acting between objects with opposite electric charges.

electric hedge British & World English

An invisible barrier charged with electricity (see N. & Q. (1959) CCIV. 338).

electric light British & World English

Light artificially produced by electricity for purposes of illumination; (also) a device for producing such light, especially a light bulb in a permanent position or fixture. Also (rare) figurative.

electric mixer British & World English

An electrical appliance for mixing food.

electric moment British & World English

The product of the distance separating the charges of a dipole and the magnitude of either charge

electric motor British & World English

A motor that is powered by electricity.

electric nerve British & World English

(In an electric fish) a motor nerve that supplies the electric organ.

electric piano British & World English

A piano in which the mechanism is worked or (now usually) the sounds are amplified electronically.

electric power British & World English

Power or ability to produce an electrical effect (obsolete).

electric range British & World English

A range heated by electricity.

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