Meaning of ELECTRIC in English


Pronunciation: i- ' lek-trik, ē -

Function: adjective

Etymology: New Latin electricus produced from amber by friction, electric, from Medieval Latin, of amber, from Latin electrum amber, electrum, from Greek ē lektron; akin to Greek ē lekt ō r beaming sun

Date: 1675

1 or elec · tri · cal \ -tri-k ə l \ : of, relating to, or operated by electricity <an electric current> <an electric heater>

2 : exciting as if by electric shock <an electric performance> <an electric personality> also : charged with strong emotion <the room was electric with tension>

3 a : ELECTRONIC 3A b : amplifying sound by electronic means ― used of a musical instrument <an electric guitar>

4 : very bright < electric blue> < electric orange>

– elec · tri · cal · ly \ -tri-k( ə -)l ē \ adverb

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