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static electricity
▪ Amelia's unsubtle lust for him darted out of her like static electricity.
▪ Cotton sheets breathe, absorb moisture, and create less static electricity, which gives you a more comfortable rest.
▪ He felt spooky and luminous, felt as though he were wrapped in cool fur that was full of static electricity.
▪ It goes without saying that you should practise safe upgrading by observing all precautions to prevent damage by static electricity.
▪ One disadvantage, however, is that it acquires static electricity, causing it to pick up dirt easily.
▪ Overhead, lightning flickered frequently as the static electricity accumulating in the ash cloud discharged.
▪ There was a crackle of static electricity.
▪ When his hand touched the elevator signal it touched off the tiniest spark of static electricity.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
static electricity

Franklinic \Frank*lin"ic\, a. Of or pertaining to Benjamin Franklin.

Franklinic electricity, electricity produced by friction; called also static electricity.

static electricity

Electricity \E`lec*tric"i*ty\ ([=e]`l[e^]k*tr[i^]s"[i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. Electricities ([=e]`l[e^]k*tr[i^]s"[i^]*t[i^]z).

  1. (Physics) a property of certain of the fundamental particles of which matter is composed, called also electric charge, and being of two types, designated positive and negative; the property of electric charge on a particle or physical body creates a force field which affects other particles or bodies possessing electric charge; positive charges create a repulsive force between them, and negative charges also create a repulsive force. A positively charged body and a negatively charged body will create an attractive force between them. The unit of electrical charge is the coulomb, and the intensity of the force field at any point is measured in volts.

  2. any of several phenomena associated with the accumulation or movement of electrically charged particles within material bodies, classified as static electricity and electric current. Static electricity is often observed in everyday life, when it causes certain materials to cling together; when sufficient static charge is accumulated, an electric current may pass through the air between two charged bodies, and is observed as a visible spark; when the spark passes from a human body to another object it may be felt as a mild to strong painful sensation. Electricity in the form of electric current is put to many practical uses in electrical and electronic devices. Lightning is also known to be a form of electric current passing between clouds and the ground, or between two clouds. Electric currents may produce heat, light, concussion, and often chemical changes when passed between objects or through any imperfectly conducting substance or space. Accumulation of electrical charge or generation of a voltage differnce between two parts of a complex object may be caused by any of a variety of disturbances of molecular equilibrium, whether from a chemical, physical, or mechanical, cause. Electric current in metals and most other solid coductors is carried by the movement of electrons from one part of the metal to another. In ionic solutions and in semiconductors, other types of movement of charged particles may be responsible for the observed electrical current. Note: Electricity is manifested under following different forms:

    1. Statical electricity, called also

      Frictional electricity or Common electricity, electricity in the condition of a stationary charge, in which the disturbance is produced by friction, as of glass, amber, etc., or by induction.

    2. Dynamical electricity, called also

      Voltaic electricity, electricity in motion, or as a current produced by chemical decomposition, as by means of a voltaic battery, or by mechanical action, as by dynamo-electric machines.

    3. Thermoelectricity, in which the disturbing cause is heat (attended possibly with some chemical action). It is developed by uniting two pieces of unlike metals in a bar, and then heating the bar unequally.

    4. Atmospheric electricity, any condition of electrical disturbance in the atmosphere or clouds, due to some or all of the above mentioned causes.

    5. Magnetic electricity, electricity developed by the action of magnets.

    6. Positive electricity, the electricity that appears at the positive pole or anode of a battery, or that is produced by friction of glass; -- called also vitreous electricity.

    7. Negative electricity, the electricity that appears at the negative pole or cathode, or is produced by the friction of resinous substance; -- called also resinous electricity.

    8. Organic electricity, that which is developed in organic structures, either animal or vegetable, the phrase animal electricity being much more common.

  3. The science which studies the phenomena and laws of electricity; electrical science.

  4. Fig.: excitement, anticipation, or emotional tension, usually caused by the occurrence or expectation of something unusual or important.

static electricity

n. 1 An electric charge that has built up on an insulated body, often due to friction. 2 The electric discharge from such a body. 3 (context physics English) electrostatics#English.

static electricity

n. electricity produced by friction

Static electricity

Static electricity is an imbalance of electric charges within or on the surface of a material. The charge remains until it is able to move away by means of an electric current or electrical discharge. Static electricity is named in contrast with current electricity, which flows through wires or other conductors and transmits energy.

A static electric charge can be created whenever two surfaces contact and separate, and at least one of the surfaces has a high resistance to electric current (and is therefore an electrical insulator). The effects of static electricity are familiar to most people because people can feel, hear, and even see the spark as the excess charge is neutralized when brought close to a large electrical conductor (for example, a path to ground), or a region with an excess charge of the opposite polarity (positive or negative). The familiar phenomenon of a static shock–more specifically, an electrostatic discharge–is caused by the neutralization of charge.

Usage examples of "static electricity".

The sand spun faster, the sound arid and dry, making him think of static electricity, of an experiment they had done in science last year with a Leyden jar.

The air hissed and popped with static electricity, sparks flashing from his fingertips.

Whether caused by static electricity or plain old foreboding, her spine was tingling from an uneasiness that wouldn't let her rest.

The red crescent grew to the size of a quarter, and the feeling of tension grew as well, as if it were the hour before a thunderstorm, and the air charged with dust and creosote and static electricity.

She dimly recalled summertime's storms, the smell of static electricity and the drumbeat of heavy rain on Port Sanger's corbelled roofs.

Nemes can see why the Core is nervous about the young human's potential -- access elements of the Void Which Binds shimmer around the girl like static electricity -- but Nemes also sees that the girl is years away from using any potential she has in that area.

Nemes can see why the Core is nervous about the young human's potential-access elements of the Void Which Binds shimmer around the girl like static electricity-but Nemes also sees that the girl is years away from using any potential she has in that area.

Keff felt his hair crackle with static electricity, and bright sparks seemed to fly around all the mages' chariots.

Alison's shoulders twitched, as at the shock of static electricity in the room.

A tingling discharge of static electricity rushed through him, from the top of his head to the tips of his toes.