Webster 1913 Edition
electrumamber, a mixed metal, Gr.
῎ηλεκτρον; akin to
ἠλέκτωρthe beaming sun, cf. Skr.
arcto beam, shine: cf. F.
électrique. The name came from the production of electricity by the friction of amber.]
Pertaining to electricity; consisting of, containing, derived from, or produced by, electricity;
electricpower or virtue; an
Capable of occasioning the phenomena of electricity;
electricalmachine or substance; an
Electrifying; thrilling; magnetic.“Electric Pindar.”
Electric atmosphere, or
Telegraph cable, under
one of three or more large species of African catfish of the genus–
M. electricusof the Nile). They have a large electrical organ and are able to give powerful shocks; – called also
a current or stream of electricity traversing a closed circuit formed of conducting substances, or passing by means of conductors from one body to another which is in a different electrical state.–
Electric eel, or
a South American eel-like fresh-water fish of the genus–
G. electricus), from two to five feet in length, capable of giving a violent electric shock. See
any fish which has an electrical organ by means of which it can give an electrical shock. The best known kinds are the–
electrical eel, and the
electric cat. See
the supposed matter of electricity; lightning.
a collection of electrical points regarded as forming, by an analogy with optical phenomena, an image of certain other electrical points, and used in the solution of electrical problems.
Sir W. Thomson.–
Electric machine, or
an apparatus for generating, collecting, or exciting, electricity, as by friction.–
a hand pen for making perforated stencils for multiplying writings. It has a puncturing needle driven at great speed by a very small magneto-electric engine on the penhandle.–
a railway in which the machinery for moving the cars is driven by an electric current.–