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He heard the hum and clang of an electric car off through a chestnut grove.

Behind him, like an electric force pushing him on, the outlaws watched his steps.

Reassured, he drew out an electric torch and set it glowing.

Among my other activities, I wired the parlor for electric light.

A red mist spread between him and the line of electric lights.

The night was hot and an electric fan hummed in a far corner.

Then, placing his finger on the electric button, he added: "What will you drink?"

He also investigated there the laws of electric signals in submarine cables.

Anthony flashed his electric torch over it, and we saw the grain of deal.

By now he realized that he had been scrutinized by the aid of an electric hand-lamp.

WORD ORIGIN

1640s, first used in English by physician Sir Thomas Browne (1605-1682), apparently coined as Modern Latin electricus (literally "resembling amber") by English physicist William Gilbert (1540-1603) in treatise "De Magnete" (1600), from Latin electrum "amber," from Greek elektron "amber" (Homer, Hesiod, Herodotus), also "pale gold" (a compound of 1 part silver to 4 of gold); of unknown origin.

Originally the word described substances which, like amber, attract other substances when rubbed. Meaning "charged with electricity" is from 1670s; the physical force so called because it first was generated by rubbing amber. In many modern instances, the word is short for electrical. Figurative sense is attested by 1793. Electric toothbrush first recorded 1936; electric typewriter 1958.

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