Meaning of ELECTRIC in English

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.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.