electrical energy

Electrical energy is the power an atom's charged particles have to cause an action or move an object. The movement of electrons from one atom to another is what results in electrical energy.

Every time you plug a toaster or cellphone charger into a wall outlet, electrical energy is powering those devices. Examples of this kind of energy are also seen in electric eels, lightning, and batteries. But electrical energy doesn't just generate electricity — it can also be converted into other kinds of energy, like the thermal energy that heats up your toaster and toasts your bread, or the mechanical energy that makes an electric car move fast.

Definitions of electrical energy
  1. noun
    energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor
    synonyms: electricity
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    AC, alternating current, alternating electric current
    an electric current that reverses direction sinusoidally
    DC, direct current, direct electric current
    an electric current that flows in one direction steadily
    signal
    an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes
    interrupt
    a signal that temporarily stops the execution of a program so that another procedure can be carried out
    type of:
    energy, free energy
    (physics) a thermodynamic quantity equivalent to the capacity of a physical system to do work; the units of energy are joules or ergs
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