Meaning of ELECTRIC in English

/i lek"trik/ , adj.

1. pertaining to, derived from, produced by, or involving electricity: an electric shock.

2. producing, transmitting, or operated by electric currents: an electric bell; electric cord.

3. electrifying; thrilling; exciting; stirring: The atmosphere was electric with excitement.

4. (of a musical instrument)

a. producing sound by electrical or electronic means: an electric piano.

b. equipped with connections to an amplifier-loudspeaker system: an electric violin.


5. Railroads.

a. an electric locomotive.

b. Informal. a railroad operated by electricity.

6. electricity: residential users of gas and electric.

7. something, as an appliance, vehicle, or toy, operated by electricity.

8. Archaic. a substance that is a nonconductor of electricity, as glass or amber, used to store or to excite an electric charge.

[ 1640-50; electricus, equiv. to L electr ( um ) amber (see ELECTRUM) + -icus -IC ]

Syn. 3. spirited, rousing, dynamic.

Ant. 3. dull, uninspired, prosaic.

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