from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the property of being attracted by an electro-positive body, or a tendency to pass to the positive pole in electrolysis, by the law that opposite electricities attract each other. Contrasted with
- adj. Negative; nonmetallic; acidic; -- opposed to
positive, metallic, or basic.
- adj. carrying a negative electrical charge.
- adj. having a tendency to take up electrons and form negative ions; having a relatively positive electrode potential.
- n. A body which passes to the positive pole in electrolysis; an anion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Repelled by bodies negatively electrified, and attracted by those positively electrified; having a tendency to pass to the positive pole in electrolysis.
- Assuming negative potential when in contact with a dissimilar substance, as copper when joined to zinc in a voltaic cell. See electromotive series, under electromotive.
- n. A body which, in the process of electrolysis, appears at the positive pole of the voltaic battery. Oxygen is the most electro negative of the elements. See electrolysis.
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- adj. having a negative charge
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