Definitions of electricity

  1. energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor; "they built a car that runs on electricity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. keen and shared excitement; "the stage crackled with electricity whenever she was on it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. The science which unfolds the phenomena and laws of electricity; electrical science. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Fig.: Electrifying energy or characteristic. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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.
  8. A form of energy, of unknown nature, the cause of manifold "electrical" phenomena-light, heat, attraction, repulsion, etc. Two forms are distinguished-resting or static e., and flowing, current, or dynamic e.; it is produced by friction, chemical action, or induction. Electricity is positive or vitreous, that produced by rubbing glass with silk, the e. of the glass being positive, that of the silk negative; or negative or resinous, produced by rubbing sealing-wax or amber with flannel or silk, the e. of the amber or sealing-wax being negative, that of the flannel or silk positive. Static e. (see franklinism), is produced by friction; galvanic e. (see galvanism), by chemical action; faradic e. (see faradism), by electrical induction; magnetic e., by magnetic induction (see dynamo). A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  9. A force produced by friction. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Electric, electrical. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. The substance in which it was first noticed. Electricity is used medicinally as an excitant. It has been occasionally employed with success in paralysis, rheumatism, accidental deafness, amaurosis, amenorrhoea, & e., but it is uncertain, and not much used; and the cases are not always clear in which it could be of service. It may be communicated by means of the electric bath-Bain electrique, as it has been called; which consists in placing the patient upon an insulated stool, and connecting him with the prime conductor, of which he thus becomes a part. The fluid may be communicated by points, sparks, or by shocks, according to the required intensity. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  17. Peculiar condition of the molecules of a body or of the ether surrounding them, developed by friction (frictional e.), chemical action (galvanic e.), heat (thermal e.), or magnetism (magnetic e.); positive or vitreous, negative or resinous, e., two kinds now held to differ only in POTENTIAL; science of this. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. A force rendered manifest by friction, chemical action, or magnetism. American pocket medical dictionary.
  19. A form of energy obtained usually by friction of certain substances; or by chemical action, as in the case of the galvanic cell. On the theory that matter is composed, ultimately, of negatively charged electric particles, the electrons, a charge of electricity is due to the accumulation of an excess of negatively charged electrons or to the loss of electrons leaving a positive charge. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  20. n. [Greek] A subtle agent or power in nature, evolved in any disturbance of molecular equilibrium, whether from a chemical, physical, or mechanical cause, and exhibiting itself in a variety of ways; —the science which unfolds the phenomena and laws of the electric fluid. Cabinet Dictionary
  21. A property in bodies, whereby, when rubbed, they draw substances, and emit fire. Complete Dictionary