e ‧ lec ‧ tric S2 W3 /ɪˈlektrɪk/ BrE AmE adjective
[ Word Family: noun : ↑ electrician , ↑ electricity , ↑ electrics , ↑ electrification ; adjective : ↑ electric , ↑ electrical , ↑ electrified , ↑ electrifying ; verb : ↑ electrify ; adverb : ↑ electrically ]
[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Language: Modern Latin ; Origin: electricus , from Latin electrum 'amber' ; because electricity was first made by rubbing amber ]
1 . needing electricity to work, produced by electricity, or used for carrying electricity
electric light/kettle/cooker etc
the heat from a small electric fire
electric current/power/charge (=a flow of electricity)
an electric blanket (=one with electric wires in it, used for making a bed warm)
2 . making people feel very excited:
The atmosphere in the courtroom was electric.
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▪ electric used about something that works using electricity:
an electric kettle
Is your cooker electric or gas?
▪ electrical used about things in general that use electricity, or people whose job is to make or repair these things:
a company manufacturing electrical goods
an electrical engineer
▪ electronic used about equipment such as computers and televisions that work by using extremely small electrical parts, or about systems that work using computers:
Most kids love electronic games.
Email is the short word for electronic mail.