Electric fluid

the supposed matter of electricity; lightning.

See also: Electric

References in classic literature ?
This latter case is remarkable, as the electric fluid must have turned back at the acute angle of 26 degs.
This derivative, to say the truth, is still countenanced by some traces of the electric fluid evident on the summit of the steeple of the House of the Town-Council.
You will tell me that the electric fluid which abounds in the air is the principal cause of this variableness.
Then Mahtoree, who did not suffer a muscle or a joint to betray the wonder and surprise he actually experienced, motioned towards the advancing friends of the trapper with an air of assumed civility, and a smile, that lighted his fierce, dark, visage, as the glare of the setting sun reveals the volume and load of the cloud, that is charged to bursting with the electric fluid.
The "bo" part of the name comes from bovine and the "vril" is from a 19th-century sci-fi novel in which a race of super-humans exist on an electric fluid called Vril.
He moved "inevitably toward a radical vision of human community," one in which humanity was united by a commonly circulating mixture of blood, analogous to the electric fluid detected in his famous experiments (155).
200 YEARS AGO: On Sunday at Lockly Wood, near Market Drayton, Shropshire, about nine o'clock in the morning an explosion of the electric fluid burst forth with a horrible noise as to be heard from many miles.
Nonconductors might also be called insulators, from the Latin word for "island," since a nonconductor could pen up the electric fluid and keep it confined, as the sea confines an island.
Occasionally, scientists would try to force an electric current through a vacuum, hoping, perhaps, that they would be able to study the electric fluid itself, which would be forced out into the open if there were no matter obscuring it.