1. also e·lec·tri·cal (-trĭ-kəl) Of, relating to, producing, or operated by electricity: electric current; an electrical device.
a. Of or related to sound created or altered by an electrical or electronic device.
b. Amplified by an electronic device: an electric guitar.
a. Emotionally exciting; thrilling: an electric reading of the play.
b. Exceptionally tense; highly charged with emotion: an atmosphere electric with suspicion.
An electrically powered machine or vehicle: Our mower is an electric.
[New Latin ēlectricus, deriving from amber, as by rubbing, from Latin ēlectrum, amber, from Greek ēlektron.]
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