1640s (Thomas Browne), from la-new ēlectricus, from ēlectrum + -icus, from Old Greek ἤλεκτρον, related to ἠλέκτωρ ("shining sun"). Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ɪˈlɛktɹɪk/, /əˈlɛktɹɪk/

electric (not comparable)

  1. Of, relating to, produced by, operated with, or utilising electricity; electrical.
  2. Of or relating to an electronic version of a musical instrument that has an acoustic equivalent.
  3. Being emotionally thrilling; electrifying.
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electric (plural electrics)

  1. (informal, usually with definite article) electricity#English|Electricity; the electricity supply.
    We had to sit in the dark because the electric was cut off.
  2. (rare, countable) An electric car.
  3. An electric toothbrush.
    • 2007, Working Mother (volume 31, number 1, page 71)
      The beautiful VIOlight bathroom unit takes up very little space (it's about the size of a cup), yet it holds up to 4 toothbrushes - even electrics!
  4. (archaic) A substance or object which can be electrified; an insulator or non-conductor, like amber or glass.
  5. (fencing) Fencing with the use of a body wire, box, and related equipment to detect when a weapon has touched an opponent.
    Antonyms: steam
  • French: voiture électrique
  • German: Elektro-Auto
  • Spanish: coche eléctrico

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