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electric discharge

Definitions of electric discharge
  1. noun
    electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
    synonyms: arc, discharge, electric arc, spark
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    types:
    brush discharge
    discharge between electrodes creating visible streamers of ionized particles
    Saint Elmo's fire, Saint Elmo's light, Saint Ulmo's fire, Saint Ulmo's light, St. Elmo's fire, corona, corona discharge, corposant, electric glow
    an electrical discharge accompanied by ionization of surrounding atmosphere
    flashover
    an unintended electric discharge (as over or around an insulator)
    type of:
    electrical conduction
    the passage of electricity through a conductor
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