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electricity (n.)

1640s (Browne, from Gilbert's Modern Latin), from electric (q.v.) + -ity. Originally in reference to friction.

Electricity seems destined to play a most important part in the arts and industries. The question of its economical application to some purposes is still unsettled, but experiment has already proved that it will propel a street car better than a gas jet and give more light than a horse. [Ambrose Bierce, "The Cynic's Word Book," 1906]

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Definitions of electricity

electricity (n.)
a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons;
electricity (n.)
energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor;
they built a car that runs on electricity
Synonyms: electrical energy / power
electricity (n.)
keen and shared excitement;
the stage crackled with electricity whenever she was on it
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