from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, producing, or operated by electricity: electric current; an electrical appliance.
  • adj. Of or related to sound created or altered by an electrical or electronic device.
  • adj. Amplified by an electronic device: an electric guitar.
  • adj. Emotionally exciting; thrilling: gave an electric reading of the play.
  • adj. Exceptionally tense; highly charged with emotion: an atmosphere electric with suspicion.
  • n. An electrically powered machine or vehicle: The lawn mower is an electric.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to, produced by, operated with, or utilising electricity; electrical.
  • adj. Of, or relating to an electronic version of a musical instrument that has an acoustic equivalent.
  • adj. Being emotionally thrilling; electrifying.
  • adj. Drawing electricity from an external source; not battery-operated; corded.
  • n. Electricity.
  • n. An electric car.
  • n. A substance or object which can be electrified; an insulator or non-conductor, like amber or glass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to electricity; consisting of, containing, derived from, or produced by, electricity
  • adj. Capable of occasioning the phenomena of electricity.
  • adj. Electrifying; thrilling; magnetic.
  • adj. powered by electricity.
  • n. A nonconductor of electricity, as amber, glass, resin, etc., employed to excite or accumulate electricity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Containing electricity, or capable of exhibiting it when excited by friction: as, an electric body, such as amber or glass.
  • Pertaining to or consisting in electricity: as, electric power; an electric discharge.
  • Derived from or produced by electricity: as, an electric shock; an electric light.
  • Conveying electricity; producing electricity; communicating a shock by electricity: as, an electric machine; electric wires; the electric eel or fish.
  • Operated by electricity: as, an electric bell; an electric railway.
  • Figuratively, full of fire, spirit, or passion, and capable of communicating it to others; magnetic.
  • n. A body or substance capable of exhibiting electricity by means of friction or otherwise, and of resisting the passage of it from one body to another. See electricity.
  • See motor.
  • n. A railway or car operated by electricity: usually in the plural.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a car that is powered by electricity
  • adj. affected by emotion as if by electricity; thrilling
  • adj. using or providing or producing or transmitting or operated by electricity
  • adj. (of a situation) exceptionally tense


New Latin ēlectricus, deriving from amber, as by rubbing, from Latin ēlectrum, amber, from Greek ēlektron.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin ēlectricus ("of amber"), from Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον (ēlektron, "amber"), related to ἠλέκτωρ (ēlektor, "shining sun"). (Wiktionary)


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