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1. An accumulation of electric charge on an insulated body.
2. Electric discharge resulting from the accumulation of electric charge on an insulated body.
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an electrical charge, often created by friction, consisting of stationary ions that do not move in a current.
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1. Electric charge that accumulates on an object rather than flowing through it as a current. Static electricity forms especially when two objects that are not good electrical conductors are rubbed together, so that electrons from one of the objects rub off onto the other. This happens, for example, when combing one's hair or taking off a sweater. See Note at charge.
2. An electric discharge, such as lightning, resulting from the accumulation of such a charge.
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