electric shock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n electric shock a reflex response to the passage of electric current through the body "subjects received a small electric shock when they made the wrong response","electricians get accustomed to occasional shocks"
    • n electric shock the use of electricity to administer punishment or torture "they used cattle prods to administer electric shocks"
    • n electric shock trauma caused by the passage of electric current through the body (as from contact with high voltage lines or being struck by lightning); usually involves burns and abnormal heart rhythm and unconsciousness
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Usage

In literature:

Like an electric shock, it reanimated his whole frame, and vibrated every nerve of his heart.
"Alonzo and Melissa" by Daniel Jackson, Jr.
Again he arranged it so that they would receive an electric shock if they touched pans of any color save the particular one.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
The seriousness of the shock depends on how heavy a charge of electricity the wire is carrying at the time.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
They had given her a kind of electric shock.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
A little later, Jean, honest woman, suffered an electric shock.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
That threat against their goal line was the electric spark that was necessary in order to shock them into action.
"Bert Wilson on the Gridiron" by J. W. Duffield
I've had an electric shock before.
"Harper's Young People, April 20, 1880" by Various
His tones startled the audience like an electric shock.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
An electric shock suddenly speared him.
"The Affair of the Brains" by Anthony Gilmore
Once, as Jay Gardiner caught sight of her face, he felt as though an electric shock had suddenly passed through him.
"Jolly Sally Pendleton" by Laura Jean Libbey
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In news:

Sump Pumps Recalled For Electric Shock Hazard.
JUPITER — A 26-year-old commercial painter was listed in serious condition Thursday at St Mary's Medical Center after being electrically shocked, according to a police news release.
Koi fish that were electrically shocked at Thunderbird Lake are removed Monday.
A Spirit Creek Middle School student was in possession of a toy stun gun that provided a mild electric shock Oct 15, according to Rich­mond County school system tribunal findings recently made public.
Electric overloads can cause shocks and start fires.
Electric shock leads to ' godfather of copper' arrest.
Blasted with heat, humidity and the double whammy of sun and chlorine, frizz-prone hair can look like its been through electric shock treatment by summer's end.
They tortured him with electric shocks and yanked out his toenails.
Koi fish that were electrically shocked at Thunderbird Lake are removed Monday.
Air- logic controls are preferred in wet or dusty conditions because they pose little danger of electrical explosion or shock.
Together we had braved electric shocks, frigid ice water, fire, steep climbs, a dozen varieties of mud , rocky descents, chilly wind and cramping muscles, yet had triumphed over it all because we worked as a team.
Zhang Tingzhen, 26, an employee of Taiwan firm Foxconn, had nearly half his brain surgically removed after surviving an electric shock at a plant in southern China a year ago.
Sometimes winning the girl of a guy's dreams involve drastic measures, such as telling white lies, giving blood and getting electric shock therapy.
Protecting Workers from Electrical Shock.
The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards.
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In science:

The three acceleration processes most usually proposed in astrophysical sources are acceleration by static electric fields parallel to the magnetic field, first order Fermi acceleration by shocks, and stochastic or second order Fermi acceleration by turbulence (see reviews [17, 18, 19]).
Physics of Gamma-Ray Bursts: Turbulence, Energy Transfer and Reconnection
The grains now begin to decelerate by gas drag, but are also acted on by the magnetic field B and electric field E = −vg × B/c (evaluated in the shock frame).
Astrophysics of Dust in Cold Clouds
Hence Coulomb collisions are very rare and electric and magnetic fields, instead, mediate particle-particle interactions. Explosions in such rarefied plasma also drive shock waves, but these shocks are very different from their hydrodynamic counterparts and are referred to as “collisionless”.
Kinetics of Particles in Relativistic Collisionless Shocks
Figure 3. Temporal evolution of the magnetic and electric fields normalized to the total initial kinetic energy of plasma streams for sub- and ultra-relativistic shock conditions.
Kinetics of Particles in Relativistic Collisionless Shocks
We have already seen in the electric recordings reproduced in Figure 24 that the quasi-parallel shock appears in the electric wave spectrum as a broadband emission of highest spectral intensities at the low frequency end.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
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