electric vs galvanising what difference

what is difference between electric and galvanising

English

Alternative forms

  • electrick (chiefly archaic)

Etymology

1640s (Thomas Browne), from New Latin ēlectricus (electrical; of amber), from ēlectrum (amber) +‎ -icus (adjectival suffix), from Ancient Greek ἤλεκτρον (ḗlektron, amber), related to ἠλέκτωρ (ēléktōr, shining sun). The Latin term was apparently used first with the sense “electrical” in 1600 by the English physician and scientist William Gilbert in his work De Magnete.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈlɛktɹɪk/, /əˈlɛktɹɪk/

Adjective

electric (not comparable)

  1. Of, relating to, produced by, operated with, or utilising electricity; electrical.
  2. Of or relating to an electronic version of a musical instrument that has an acoustic equivalent.
  3. Being emotionally thrilling; electrifying.

Synonyms

  • electrical

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

electric (plural electrics)

  1. (informal, usually with definite article) Electricity; the electricity supply.
    We had to sit in the dark because the electric was cut off.
  2. (rare, countable) An electric car.
  3. An electric toothbrush.
    • 2007, Working Mother (volume 31, number 1, page 71)
      The beautiful VIOlight bathroom unit takes up very little space (it’s about the size of a cup), yet it holds up to 4 toothbrushes – even electrics!
  4. An electric typewriter.
    • 1983, Stephen King, Word Processor of the Gods
      Richard’s old Olivetti electric had been put aside for the time being on top of one of the filing cabinets. “It serves the purpose,” Richard said. He nodded at the word processor.
  5. (archaic) A substance or object which can be electrified; an insulator or non-conductor, like amber or glass.
  6. (fencing) Fencing with the use of a body wire, box, and related equipment to detect when a weapon has touched an opponent.
    Antonym: steam

Translations

References

  • Webster, Noah (1828), “electric”, in An American Dictionary of the English Language
  • electric in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • Dictionary.com definitions of electric
  • de V. Heathcote, Niels H. (December 1967), “The early meaning of electricity: Some Pseudodoxia Epidemica – I”, in Annals of Science, volume 23, issue 4, DOI:10.1080/00033796700203316, ISSN 0003-3790, WD Q54266797, pages 261–275

Occitan

Pronunciation

Adjective

electric m (feminine singular electrica, masculine plural electrics, feminine plural electricas)

  1. electric

Related terms

  • electricitat

Romanian

Etymology

Borrowed from French électrique.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /eˈlek.trik/

Adjective

electric m or n (feminine singular electrică, masculine plural electrici, feminine and neuter plural electrice)

  1. electric

Declension

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English

Verb

galvanising

  1. present participle of galvanise

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