Meaning of ELECTRIC in English

I. i-ˈlek-trik, ē- adjective

Etymology: New Latin electricus produced from amber by friction, electric, from Medieval Latin, of amber, from Latin electrum amber, electrum, from Greek ēlektron; akin to Greek ēlektōr beaming sun

Date: 1675

1. or elec·tri·cal -tri-kəl : 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


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-)lē adverb

II. noun

Date: 1646

1. archaic : a nonconductor of electricity used to excite or accumulate electricity

2. : something (as a light, automobile, or train) operated by electricity

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