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1. also e·lec·tri·cal (-trĭ-kəl) Of, relating to, producing, or operated by electricity: electric current; an electrical device.
a. Of or related to sound created or altered by an electrical or electronic device.
b. Amplified by an electronic device: an electric guitar.
a. Emotionally exciting; thrilling: an electric reading of the play.
b. Exceptionally tense; highly charged with emotion: an atmosphere electric with suspicion.
An electrically powered machine or vehicle: Our mower is an electric.

[New Latin ēlectricus, deriving from amber, as by rubbing, from Latin ēlectrum, amber, from Greek ēlektron.]

e·lec′tri·cal·ly adv.


(Electronics) of, relating to, or concerned with electricity
eˈlectrically adv


(ɪˈlɛk trɪ kəl)

1. electric.
2. concerned with electricity: an electrical consultant.
e•lec′tri•cal•ly, adv.


1. 'electric'

You use electric in front of nouns to talk about particular machines or devices that use electricity.

The boat runs on an electric motor.
I switched on the electric fire.
2. 'electrical'

You use electrical when you are talking in a more general way about machines, devices, or systems that use or produce electricity. Electrical is typically used in front of nouns such as equipment, appliance, and component.

They sell electrical appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.
We are waiting for a shipment of electrical equipment.

You also use electrical to talk about people or organizations connected with the production of electricity or electrical goods.

Jan is an electrical engineer.
They work in the electrical engineering industry.
3. 'electronic'

You use electronic to talk about a device that has transistors or silicon chips that control and change the electric current running through the device, or to describe a process or activity using electronic devices.

Mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices must be switched off.
They use electronic surveillance systems.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.electrical - relating to or concerned with electricity; "an electrical engineer"; "electrical and mechanical engineering industries"
2.electrical - using or providing or producing or transmitting or operated by electricity; "electric current"; "electric wiring"; "electrical appliances"; "an electrical storm"


A. ADJ [equipment, appliance, component, system] → eléctrico
an electrical faultun fallo (en el sistema) eléctrico
household electrical goodselectrodomésticos mpl
B. CPD electrical engineer N (= electrician) → técnico/a m/f electricista; (with university degree) → ingeniero/a m/f electrotécnico/a
electrical engineering Nelectrotecnia f; (at university) → ingeniería f eléctrica
electrical failure Nfallo m eléctrico
electrical fitter Ntécnico/a m/f electricista
electrical fittings NPLaccesorios mpl eléctricos
electrical storm Ntormenta f eléctrica
electrical tape Ncinta f aislante
electrical wiring Ninstalación f eléctrica


[ɪˈlɛktrɪkəl] adj [equipment] → électriqueelectrical engineer ningénieur m/f électricien(ne)electrical engineering nélectrotechnique felectrical failure npanne f dans le circuit électriqueelectrical fault ndéfaut m du circuit électrique


adj components, fault, power, failure, activity, signalelektrisch; electrical equipment/goodsElektrogeräte pl; electrical applianceElektrogerät nt; electrical systemElektrik f; electrical fittingsElektroinstallationen pl


electrical energy
nElektroenergie f, → elektrische Energie
electrical engineer
nElektrotechniker(in) m(f); (with degree) → Elektroingenieur(in) m(f)
electrical engineering
nElektrotechnik f; the electrical industrydie elektrotechnische Industrie
electrical fitter
nElektromonteur(in) m(f)


[ɪˈlɛktrɪkl] adjelettrico/a


(elekˈtrisəti) noun
a form of energy used to give heat, light, power etc. worked by electricity; Don't waste electricity.
electric (əˈlektrik) adjective
1. of, produced by, or worked by electricity. electric light.
2. full of excitement. The atmosphere in the theatre was electric.
eˈlectrical adjective
related to electricity. electrical engineering; electrical appliances; an electrical fault.
eˈlectrically adverb
Is this machine electrically operated?
ˌelecˈtrician (-ʃən) noun
a person whose job is to make, install, repair etc electrical equipment. The electrician mended the electric fan.
eˈlectrified (-faid) adjective
supplied or charged with electricity. an electrified fence.
eˈlectrify (-fai) verb
1. to convert (a railway etc) to the use of electricity as the moving power.
2. to excite or astonish. The news electrified us.
eˌlectrifiˈcation (-fi) noun
eˈlectrifying adjective
an electrifying speech.
electric chair
a chair used to execute criminals by sending a powerful electric current through them.


كَهْرَبَائِيّ elektrický elektrisk elektrisch ηλεκτρολογικός eléctrico sähkö- électrique električni elettrico 電気に関する 전기의 elektrisch elektrisk elektryczny elétrico электрический elektrisk เกี่ยวกับไฟฟ้า elektrikli điện 电气的
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for he had been awakened, and heard the crackle of the electrical discharge.
His eyes, which had suddenly sparkled with an electrical glow, sank before hers.
Jack Duane was from the East; he was a college-bred man--had been studying electrical engineering.
Gratified pride, resentment, embarrassment, chased each other over his broad and open brow, like the shadow of clouds drifting over a harvest-field; while his attendants, on whom the name of the sixth knight seemed to produce an effect almost electrical, hung in suspense upon their master's looks.
At that time Professor Joseph Henry, who knew more of the theory of electrical science than any other American, was the Grand Old Man of Washington; and poor Bell, in his doubt and desperation, resolved to run to him for advice.
These appearances, which bewilder you, are merely electrical phenomena not uncommon--or it may be that they have their ghastly origin in the rank miasma of the tarn.
Let me tell you, my friend, that there are things done today in electrical science which would have been deemed unholy by the very man who discovered electricity, who would themselves not so long before been burned as wizards.
That brightness is of an essentially electrical nature.
She sees, as I also see, a something in Victor's temper--a kind of electrical ardour and power--which emits, now and then, ominous sparks; Hunsden calls it his spirit, and says it should not be curbed.
Some electrical influence seems to emanate from your form.
An electrical machine stood ready for immediate use.
Hardly ever did he pass through his barn without paying homage to his own progressiveness and oozing approval of the mechanical milker, driven by his own electrical dynamo, the James Way stanchions with electric lights above, the individual drinking fountains at the head of each cow, the cork-brick floors, the scrupulously white-washed walls, and the absence of odor, with the one exception of sweet, fermented silage.

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