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Definition of "electric" []

  • Of, relating to, producing, or operated by electricity: electric current; an electrical appliance. (adjective)
  • Of or related to sound created or altered by an electrical or electronic device. (adjective)
  • Amplified by an electronic device: an electric guitar. (adjective)
  • Emotionally exciting; thrilling: gave an electric reading of the play. (adjective)
  • Exceptionally tense; highly charged with emotion: an atmosphere electric with suspicion. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "electric" in a sentence
  • "However, with incomparably higher frequencies, which we may yet find means to produce efficiently, and provided that electric impulses of such high frequencies could be transmitted through a conductor, the electrical characteristics of the brush discharge would completely vanish -- no spark would pass, no shock would be felt -- yet we would still have to deal with an _electric_ phenomenon, but in the broad, modern interpretation of the word."
  • "The term electric radiation was first employed by Hertz to designate waves emitted by a Leyden jar or oscillator system of an induction coil, but since that time these radiations have been known as Hertzian waves."
  • "I had two thoughts when I first heard the phrase "electric sundown.""