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Definition of Electricity


  1. A power in nature, a manifestation of energy, exhibiting itself when in disturbed equilibrium or in activity by a circuit movement, the fact of direction in which involves polarity, or opposition of properties in opposite directions; also, by attraction for many substances, by a law involving attraction between surfaces of unlike polarity, and repulsion between those of like; by exhibiting accumulated polar tension when the circuit is broken; and by producing heat, light, concussion, and often chemical changes when the circuit passes between the poles or through any imperfectly conducting substance or space. It is generally brought into action by any disturbance of molecular equilibrium, whether from a chemical, physical, or mechanical, cause.
  2. The science which unfolds the phenomena and laws of electricity; electrical science.
  3. Fig.: Electrifying energy or characteristic.

Electricity Quotations

Electricity is really just organized lightning.
George Carlin

What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room. - Ray Charles
What is a soul? It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room.
Ray Charles

For 50 years, nuclear power stations have produced three products which only a lunatic could want: bomb-explosive plutonium, lethal radioactive waste and electricity so dear it has to be heavily subsidised. They leave to future generations the task, and most of the cost, of making safe sites that have been polluted half-way to eternity.
James Buchan

And God said, 'Let there be light' and there was light, but the Electricity Board said He would have to wait until Thursday to be connected.
Spike Milligan

If the presence of electricity can be made visible in any part of the circuit, I see no reason why intelligence may not be transmitted instantaneously by electricity.
Samuel Morse
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Electricity Translations

electricity in Afrikaans is elektrisiteit
electricity in Danish is elektricitet
electricity in Dutch is elektriciteit
electricity in Norwegian is elektrisitet
electricity in Portuguese is electricidade, eletricidade
electricity in Spanish is electricidad
electricity in Swedish is elektricitet
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