Definition of electric in English:


Line breaks: elec|tric
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlɛktrɪk


  • 1Of, worked by, charged with, or producing electricity: an electric cooker
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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.
    generated by electricity, galvanic, voltaicelectric-powered, powered by electricity, electrically operated, electrically powered, mains-operated, battery-operated, electrically charged
  • 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.


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  • 1 (electrics) British The system of electric wiring and parts in a house or vehicle: there’s something wrong with the electrics
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    • He said: ‘All the wiring, electrics, plumbing is already in.’
    • They claimed they were carrying out electrical work in the area and needed to check the electrics in her house.
    • Almost all the electrics in the house are controlled by computer.
  • 2An electric train or other vehicle: diesels and electrics were included in the display of locomotives
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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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