Meaning of “electric” in the English Dictionary

"electric" in British English

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uk /iˈlek.trɪk/ us /iˈlek.trɪk/

electric adjective (POWER)

A2 using electricity for power:

an electric blanket/car/kettle/light

informal relating to electricity:

Our electric bill for July was $115.

More examples

  • We've just changed over from gas central heating to electric.
  • Accessories for the top-of-the-range car include leather upholstery, a CD player, electric windows and a sunroof.
  • Loose electric wires were dangling from the wall.
  • The noise from his electric guitar was deafening.
  • We can warm up the room quite quickly with this electric fire.

electricnoun [ U ]

/iˈlek.trɪk/ /iˈlek.trɪk/ informal

(Definition of “electric” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"electric" in American English

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us /ɪˈlek·trɪk/

powered by electricity:

electric current/power
an electric light/motor

Something might be described as electric if it is very exciting:

The aerial acrobats at the circus gave an electric performance.

(Definition of “electric” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)