Definition of electric adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪˈlektrɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlektrɪk//
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  1. 1  [usually before noun] connected with electricity; using, produced by or producing electricity an electric motor an electric light/guitar, etc. an electric current/charge an electric generator an electric plug/socket/switch (= that carries electricity) Which Word?electric / electricalThese adjectives are frequently used with the following nouns: electric light/​guitar/​drill/​chair/​shock electrical equipment/​wiring/​signal/​engineer/​shock Electric is usually used to describe something that uses or produces electricity. You use electrical with more general nouns such as equipment and wiring and things that are concerned with electricity:an electrical fault. However, the distinction is not always so clear now:an electric/​electrical company an electric/​electrical current an electric/​electrical shock. see also electric shock, electrical storm
  2. 2full of excitement; making people excited synonym electrifying The atmosphere was electric. The news had an electric effect on the waiting crowd. See related entries: Excitement
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from modern Latin electricus, from Latin electrum ‘amber’, from Greek ēlektron (because rubbing amber causes electrostatic phenomena).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: electric