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 (ĭ-lĕk′trŏf′ər-əs, ē′lĕk-)
n. pl. e·lec·troph·o·ri (-ə-rī′, -ə-rē′)
An apparatus for generating static electricity, consisting of a hard rubber disk that is given a negative charge by friction and a metal plate that is given a net positive charge by induction when in contact with the disk.

[New Latin : electro- + Greek -phoros, -phorous.]


(ɪlɛkˈtrɒfərəs; ˌiːlɛk-)
(General Physics) an apparatus for generating static electricity. It consists of an insulating plate charged by friction and used to charge a metal plate by induction
[C18: from electro- + -phorus, from Greek -phoros bearing, from pherein to bear]


(ɪ lɛkˈtrɒf ər əs, ˌi lɛk-)

n., pl. -o•ri (-əˌraɪ)
an instrument for generating static electricity by means of induction.
[1778; probably Latinization of Italian elettroforo; see electro-, -phore]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.electrophorus - a simple electrostatic generator that generates repeated charges of static electricityelectrophorus - a simple electrostatic generator that generates repeated charges of static electricity
electrostatic generator, electrostatic machine, Van de Graaff generator, Wimshurst machine - electrical device that produces a high voltage by building up a charge of static electricity
2.Electrophorus - type genus of the family Electrophoridae; electric eels
fish genus - any of various genus of fish
Electrophoridae, family Electrophoridae - small family comprising the electric eels
electric eel, Electrophorus electric - eel-shaped freshwater fish of South America having electric organs in its body