American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An accumulation of electric charge on an insulated body.
- n. Electric discharge resulting from the accumulation of electric charge on an insulated body.
- n. An electric charge that has built up on an insulated body, often due to friction.
- n. The electric discharge from such a body.
- n. physics Electrostatics.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. See the Note under Electricity, 1.
- n. electricity produced by friction
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