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Definition of Electricity

The power that causes all natural phenomena not known to be caused by something else.  It is the same thing as lightning, and its famous attempt to strike Dr. Franklin is one of the most picturesque incidents in that great and good man's career.  The memory of Dr. Franklin is justly held in great reverence, particularly in France, where a waxen effigy of him was recently on exhibition, bearing the following touching account of his life and services to science:
      'Monsieur Franqulin, inventor of electricity.  This   illustrious savant, after having made several voyages around the   world, died on the Sandwich Islands and was devoured by savages,   of whom not a single fragment was ever recovered.'

  Electricity seems destined to play a most important part in the arts and industries.  The question of its economical application to some purposes is still unsettled, but experiment has already proved that it will propel a street car better than a gas jet and give more light than a horse.

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
?lek?tr?s?t? n. 1 a form of energy resulting from the existence of charged particles (electrons, protons, etc.), either statically as an accumulation of charge or dynamically as a current. 2 the branch of physics dealing with electricity. 3 a supply of electric current for heating, lighting, etc.

Last updated: 9/3/2011 12:48:30