electric

electric 1640s, first used in English by physician Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), apparently coined as Mod.L. electricus (lit. "resembling amber") by English physicist William Gilbert (1540-1603) in treatise "De Magnete" (1600), from L. electrum "amber," from Gk. elektron "amber" (Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus), also "pale gold" (a compound of 1 part silver to 4 of gold); of unknown origin. Originally the word described substances which, like amber, attract other substances when rubbed. Meaning "charged with electricity" is from 1670s; the physical force so called because it first was generated by rubbing amber. In many modern instances, the word is short for electrical. Figurative sense is attested by 1793. Electric toothbrush first recorded 1936; electric typewriter 1958.

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  • electric — ELÉCTRIC, Ă, electrici, ce, adj. Care aparţine electricităţii, privitor la electricitate, care produce sau are energie legată de prezenţa electricităţii. ♢ (Adverbial) Aparat care funcţionează electric. ♢ Energie electrică = energie proprie… …   Dicționar Român

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  • electric — [ē lek′trik, ilek′trik] adj. [ModL electricus (coined, 1600, by William GILBERT2 Sir William Schwenck), lit., produced from amber by rubbing < ML, of amber < L electrum, amber, electrum < Gr ēlektron, akin to ēlektōr, shining, the sun… …   English World dictionary

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  • electric — electric, electrical In most contexts electric is the natural choice, especially to describe a device that works by electricity (electric blanket / electric kettle). Electrical is reserved for contexts in which the meaning is, more generally,… …   Modern English usage

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  • Electric — E*lec tric, n. (Physics) A nonconductor of electricity, as amber, glass, resin, etc., employed to excite or accumulate electricity. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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