from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To produce electric charge on or in (a conductor).
- transitive v. To wire or equip (a building, for example) for the use of electric power.
- transitive v. To provide with electric power.
- transitive v. Music To amplify (music) by electronic means.
- transitive v. To thrill, startle greatly, or shock: a powerful performance that electrified the audience.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To communicate electricity to; to charge with electricity; as, to electrify a jar.
- v. To cause electricity to pass through; to affect by electricity; to give an electric shock to; as, to electrify a limb, or the body.
- v. To excite suddenly and violently, especially by something highly delightful or inspiriting; to thrill; as, this patriotic sentiment electrified the audience.
- v. To become electric.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To become electric.
- transitive v. To communicate electricity to; to charge with electricity.
- transitive v. To cause electricity to pass through; to affect by electricity; to give an electric shock to.
- transitive v. To excite suddenly and violently, esp. by something highly delightful or inspiriting; to thrill.
- transitive v. To equip for employment of electric power; to modify (a device) so that it uses electrical power as the main source of energy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To communicate electricity to; charge with electricity; make electric: as, to electrify a jar.
- To cause electricity to pass through; affect by electricity; give an electric shock to: as, to electrify a limb.
- To excite suddenly; give a sudden shock to; surprise with some sudden and startling effect, of a brilliant or shocking nature; startle greatly; thrill: as, the whole assembly was electrified.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. excite suddenly and intensely
- v. charge (a conductor) with electricity
- v. equip for use with electricity
It took Palin to "electrify" (defibrilate) McCain's failing campaign in the general election, but she represents a complete abandonment of the middle by the McCain handlers, who grow more desperate with every rare, reliable poll.
Last Winter (a year ago), MmaDiapo hosted 3 Eskom (the national electricity company) workers for a week while they were trying to "electrify" a few homes in this area.
Cone went into the Yankees clubhouse during the game to watch the game on TV and get a better look at Irabu's 100-mph fastball and 90-mph split-finger, then said that Irabu can "electrify"
In addition, Chevrolet will "electrify" the red carpet with a show-stopping display of the extended-range electric vehicle Chevy Volt Concept car.
He would soon electrify the voters of Minnesota with his vision for a new political organization, the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, and became one of the most influential progressive leaders of his time.
We didn't say we were going to electrify the country in six months!
However, no one is sure when the first segment running from Merced to Fresno would be operable since the state lacks the money to build and electrify the tracks.
China's return to global copper markets in July had briefly reversed the steady decline in copper prices, and Beijing's plans to electrify China's vast rural hinterlands will likely drive brisk copper consumption growth for the next five years.
Incandescent bulbs electrify a wire filament in a vacuum tube, wasting roughly 90% of their power as heat and burning out frequently.
A small, dynamic, charismatic figure, "Swarb" — cigarette perched precariously on his bottom lip, unruly hair flapping over his face, pint of beer ever at hand — could electrify an audience with a single frenzied sweep of his bow.