electricity


electricity
noun /ˌiː.lekˈtrɪs.ɪ.ti/
a) A form of energy usually carried by wires or produced by batteries used to power machines and computing, communications, lighting, and heating devices.

Householders could one day be producing as much electricity as all the countrys nuclear power stations combined, thanks to the revolutionary application of a device developed in the early 19th century.

b) A form of secondary energy, caused by the behavior of electrons and protons, properly called "electrical energy".

Again, The concretion of Ice will not endure a dry attrition without liquation; for if it be rubbed long with a cloth, it melteth. But Crystal will calefie unto electricity; that is, a power to attract strawes and light bodies, and convert the needle freely placed.


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