Electricity is the energy that powers your lights and appliances. Electricity is the stuff that Benjamin Franklin harnessed from lightning using a key and a kite. Don't try that on your own.

The word electricity comes from the Greek electron, which doesn’t mean what you might expect. It means "amber," that yellow or reddish brown stone used for jewelry. The ancients noticed that when you rub amber, it gets an electrostatic charge and will pick up light things like feathers and straw. You can also describe other kinds of energy as electricity — when you're really crazy about someone, you can say there's electricity between the two of you.

Definitions of electricity

n a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons

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electricity produced by chemical action
electricity produced by water power
electricity generated by light or affected by light
piezo effect, piezoelectric effect, piezoelectricity
electricity produced by mechanical pressure on certain crystals (notably quartz or Rochelle salt); alternatively, electrostatic stress produces a change in the linear dimensions of the crystal
static electricity
electricity produced by friction
current electricity, dynamic electricity
a flow of electric charge
electricity produced by heat (as in a thermocouple)
Type of:
physical phenomenon
a natural phenomenon involving the physical properties of matter and energy

n energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor

“they built a car that runs on electricity
electrical energy
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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
an electric quantity (voltage or current or field strength) whose modulation represents coded information about the source from which it comes
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

n keen and shared excitement

“the stage crackled with electricity whenever she was on it”
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emotional agitation and excitement

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