from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
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- 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. Electrostatics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. See the Note under Electricity, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. electricity produced by friction
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The static electricity in a midsummer dust storm had charred his neighbor Ebberson’s wheat fields like some science experiment gone awry.
A shirt or pair of slacks made of Dynel would build up static electricity like polyester, causing everything to stick to it.
Psy-4 could smell the ozone, feel that crackling static electricity twisting through the atmosphere, brushing past him.
When he passed behind me, I had felt like the victim of a child’s balloon game, with static electricity causing the hairs on the arm to rise and follow the balloon’s path back and forth above the skin — I had been almost painfully aware of quivering receptors following him about the room.