- electrick (chiefly archaic)
1640s (Thomas Browne), from New Latin ēlectricus (“electrical; of amber”), from ēlectrum (“amber”) + -icus (“adjectival suffix”), from Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον (ḗlektron, “amber”), related to ἠλέκτωρ (ēléktōr, “shining sun”). The Latin term was apparently used first with the sense “electrical” in 1600 by the English physician and scientist, William Gilbert in his work De Magnete.
electric (not comparable)
- Of, relating to, produced by, operated with, or utilising electricity; electrical.
2013 July 20, “Out of the gloom”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
- [Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage, as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of light in the villages.
- Of or relating to an electronic version of a musical instrument that has an acoustic equivalent.
- Being emotionally thrilling; electrifying.
a. 1857, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “A Vision of Poets”, in Poems, New York: C. S. Francis & Co., page 195–196:
- And bold / Electric Pindar, quick as fear, / With race-dust on his cheeks, and clear / Slant startled eyes that seemed to hear // The chariot rounding the last goal, / to hurtle past it in his soul.
- electric bass
- electric blues
- electric car
- electric cello
- electric chair
- electric darts
- electric dulcimer
- electric eye
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- (informal, uncountable, usually with definite article) Electricity; the electricity supply.
- We had to sit in the dark cos the electric was cut off.
- (rare, countable) An electric car.
- (archaic) A substance or object which can be electrified; an insulator or non-conductor, like amber or glass.
- (fencing) Fencing with the use of a body wire, box, and related equipment to detect when a weapon has touched an opponent.
Use of "the electric" to mean "the electricity" or "the electricity supply" may be seen as bad English.
- (fencing): steam
- electric in An American Dictionary of the English Language, by Noah Webster, 1828.
- electric in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Dictionary.com definitions of electric
- Niels H. de V. Heathcote (December 1967). "The early meaning of electricity: Some Pseudodoxia Epidemica - I". Annals of Science 23 (4): pp. 261-275.