negative electricity

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(Elec.) the kind of electricity which is developed upon resin or ebonite when rubbed, or which appears at that pole of a voltaic battery which is connected with the plate most attacked by the exciting liquid; - formerly called resinous electricity. Opposed to positive electricity. Formerly, according to Franklin's theory of a single electric fluid, negative electricity was supposed to be electricity in a degree below saturation, or the natural amount for a given body. See Electricity.

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Windmills in England stopped turning this winter and then had to be heated, producing negative electricity.
This would be a quick fix, he said - a permanent solution would involve painting the walls red, symbolising fire, or terracotta, to 'earth' the negative electricity.