Definitions of electricity

  1. a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A power in nature, a manifestation of energy, exhibiting itself when in disturbed equilibrium or in activity by a circuit movement, the fact of direction in which involves polarity, or opposition of properties in opposite directions; also, by attraction for many substances, by a law involving attraction between surfaces of unlike polarity, and repulsion between those of like; by exhibiting accumulated polar tension when the circuit is broken; and by producing heat, light, concussion, and often chemical changes when the circuit passes between the poles or through any imperfectly conducting substance or space. It is generally brought into action by any disturbance of molecular equilibrium, whether from a chemical, physical, or mechanical, cause. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The science which unfolds the phenomena and laws of electricity; electrical science. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Fig.: Electrifying energy or characteristic. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. An invisible force producing light, heat, and other physical effects; the science of the laws of this force. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The property of attracting and repelling light bodies: the science which investigates the phenomena and laws of this property. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. A natural force, manifested when certain bodies are subjected to friction; series of phenomena connected with this force. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. An imponderable and invisible agent manifested in lightning, magnetism, heat, motion, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The subtile agent called the electric fluid, usually excited by friction; the science of the phenomena and laws of the electric fluid. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. A highly subtile force, often called the electric fluid, identical with lightning, and apparently pervading all bodies. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for electricity

  1. For days beforehand, men skilled in electricity erect with painstaking care a veritable fairyland of coloured lights, which shine softly on the deck cleared for dancing, and discreet kala juggers prepared with equal care by officers skilled in love. – Men, Women and Guns by H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
  2. Each had in truth become the complement of the other, and seemed as mutually necessary as the positive and negative wires in electricity – The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him by Paul Leicester Ford