electrify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v electrify equip for use with electricity "electrify an appliance"
    • v electrify charge (a conductor) with electricity
    • v electrify excite suddenly and intensely "The news electrified us"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Electrify To become electric.
    • Electrify To cause electricity to pass through; to affect by electricity; to give an electric shock to; as, to electrify a limb, or the body.
    • Electrify To communicate electricity to; to charge with electricity; as, to electrify a jar.
    • Electrify To equip for employment of electric power; to modify (a device) so that it uses electrical power as the main source of energy; as, to electrify a railroad.
    • Electrify To excite suddenly and violently, esp. by something highly delightful or inspiriting; to thrill; as, this patriotic sentiment electrified the audience. "If the sovereign were now to immure a subject in defiance of the writ of habeas corpus . . . the whole nation would be instantly electrified by the news.""Try whether she could electrify Mr. Grandcourt by mentioning it to him at table."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • electrify To communicate electricity to; charge with electricity; make electric: as, to electrify a jar.
    • electrify To cause electricity to pass through; affect by electricity; give an electric shock to: as, to electrify a limb.
    • electrify To excite suddenly; give a sudden shock to; surprise with some sudden and startling effect, of a brilliant or shocking nature; startle greatly; thrill: as, the whole assembly was electrified.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Electrify to communicate electricity to: to excite suddenly: to astonish: to adapt to electricity as the motive power:—pa.p. elec′trified
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Quotations

  • Ronald Reagan
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    “Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.”
  • Yiddish Proverb
    Yiddish Proverb
    “Some people are electrifying, they light up a room when they leave.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Electr,ic + -fy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. electrum—Gr. elektron, amber, in which electricity was first observed.

Usage

In literature:

The result was electrifying.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
Clapperton's poker fell with a clatter on the floor, and a howl went up which electrified both besiegers and besieged.
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
On this last day of September, however, all hands were electrified by the look-out man calling out, just about noon.
"The Wreck of the Nancy Bell" by J. C. Hutcheson
Then, one morning, in his headquarters at Space Academy, Captain Strong received an electrifying report.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
This was totally unexpected in the house, which, for an instant, seemed electrified into silence.
"Journal of a Voyage to Brazil" by Maria Graham
Be awake, electrify yourself; go forth to the task.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
Then all started as if suddenly electrified, for Ching uttered a low cry, and stood up, pointing right away east.
"Blue Jackets" by George Manville Fenn
I felt electrified as, quite accustomed to the command, the horses swung round to the left.
"Charge!" by George Manville Fenn
Suddenly his half-paralyzed brain was electrified by a thought.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
It thrilled and electrified me.
"Vesty of the Basins" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
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In news:

Electrifying fundraiser for Mount Si Food Bank at Snoqualmie city gathering Photo.
City Ballet offers electrifying world premiere work at SPAC.
Hear Anne's Electrifying "Power Exchange".
Switchfoot's Electrifying Set at Samford.
Does electrifying Caltrain really help high-speed rail.
The electrifying one and only.
JPAS' electrifying 'Hairspray' raises the bar and the beat.
Jose Aldo, Edson Barboza score electrifying knockouts.
Life without power on NBC's 'Revolution,' a thriller from electrifying mogul J.J. FRAZIER MOORE AP Television Writer.
Electrifying Door Hardware – Four Scenarios.
Electrifying offense leads West Point past Oxford 31-21.
North Korean coach offers electrifying excuse.
The Rock's Miami birthday bash ends in electrifying fashion.
The three-orbit flight of Friendship 7 electrified the nation with good cause, 10TV's Jerry Revish reported.
Party-rocker will team up with magician for electrifying stunt on Sunday.
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In science:

Another approach is to electrify some of the numerous uncharged solutions.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
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