Definitions of electricity

  1. a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons
  2. A power in nature, a manifestation of energy, exhibiting itself when in disturbed equilibrium or in activity by a circuit movement, the fact of direction in which involves polarity, or opposition of properties in opposite directions; also, by attraction for many substances, by a law involving attraction between surfaces of unlike polarity, and repulsion between those of like; by exhibiting accumulated polar tension when the circuit is broken; and by producing heat, light, concussion, and often chemical changes when the circuit passes between the poles or through any imperfectly conducting substance or space. It is generally brought into action by any disturbance of molecular equilibrium, whether from a chemical, physical, or mechanical, cause.
  3. The science which unfolds the phenomena and laws of electricity; electrical science.
  4. Fig.: Electrifying energy or characteristic.
  5. An invisible force producing light, heat, and other physical effects; the science of the laws of this force.
  6. The property of attracting and repelling light bodies: the science which investigates the phenomena and laws of this property.
  7. A natural force, manifested when certain bodies are subjected to friction; series of phenomena connected with this force.
  8. An imponderable and invisible agent manifested in lightning, magnetism, heat, motion, etc.
  9. The subtile agent called the electric fluid, usually excited by friction; the science of the phenomena and laws of the electric fluid.
  10. A highly subtile force, often called the electric fluid, identical with lightning, and apparently pervading all bodies.