e·lec·tric·i·ty (ĭ-lĕk-trĭsĭ-tē, ē′lĕk-)
a. The physical phenomena arising from the behavior of electrons and protons that is caused by the attraction of particles with opposite charges and the repulsion of particles with the same charge.
b. The physical science of such phenomena.
2. Electric current used or regarded as a source of power.
3. Intense, contagious emotional excitement.
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