What is electricity?

  • (noun): Energy made available by the flow of electric charge through a conductor.
    Example: "They built a car that runs on electricity"
    Synonyms: electrical energy
    See also — Additional definitions below


Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and flow of electric charge. Electricity gives a wide variety of well-known effects, such as lightning, static electricity, electromagnetic induction and the flow of electrical current. In addition, electricity permits the creation and reception of electromagnetic radiation such as radio waves.

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Some articles on electricity:

Three-Day Week
... Kingdom by the Conservative Government 1970–1974 to conserve electricity, the production of which was severely limited due to industrial action by coal miners ... The effect was that from 1 January until 7 March 1974 commercial users of electricity would be limited to three specified consecutive days' consumption each week and prohibited from working ... required to cease broadcasting at 10.30pm during the crisis to conserve electricity ...
Electricity - Cultural Perception
... In the 19th and early 20th century, electricity was not part of the everyday life of many people, even in the industrialised Western world ... were shown to twitch on application of animal electricity ... The revitalization of monsters with electricity later became a stock theme in horror films ...
Negawatt - Advantages - Local Deregulation
... claim that the negawatt market could help nations or states have a deregulated electricity system ... This would allow a nation or a state to experiment with "electricity deregulation," in which "demand reductions could be purchased with a minimum of disruption to businesses, workers and the economy." In the United ... of deregulation was to allow competition in the electricity market and consumer choice of electricity providers." Negawatt power would allow the consumers ...
2008 Zanzibar Power Blackout
2008, Zanzibar suffered a period of almost one month without mains electricity due to a grid failure which left the entire island dependent on ... of the island's transmission infrastructure, its near total dependence on the mainland for its electricity generation, and the capacity and condition of the ageing interconnector that links the mainland ...

More definitions of "electricity":

  • (noun): Keen and shared excitement.
    Example: "The stage crackled with electricity whenever she was on it"
  • (noun): A physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons.

Famous quotes containing the word electricity:

    Prudence and justice tell me that in electricity and steam there is more love for man than in chastity and abstinence from meat.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)

    There are two great unknown forces to-day, electricity and woman, but men can reckon much better on electricity than they can on woman.
    Josephine K. Henry, U.S. suffragist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 4, ch. 15, by Susan B. Anthony and Ida Husted Harper (1902)