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Electra in Greek mythology, a princess who convinced her brother to kill their mother and their mother's lover.
Electra complex in Freudian psychoanalysis, the unconscious desire of a daughter for sexual gratification from her father, or her wish to take her mother's place in her father's affections. (Cf. Oedipus complex.)
electric of or pertaining to electricity. [4 definitions]
electrical electric.
electric chair a chair through which high voltages of electricity are passed in order to execute a convicted criminal. [2 definitions]
electric eel any of various eellike fishes native to freshwater rivers of northern South America, capable of giving off strong electrical discharges.
electric eye see photoelectric cell.
electric field an area in space over which the effects of an electric charge can be detected.
electric guitar a guitar that is equipped with a pickup that transmits tones to an amplifier.
electrician one who installs, maintains, repairs, or operates electrical equipment for a living.
electricity a physical phenomenon caused by the movement of certain charged particles such as electrons, esp. between points having different electrical charges, and seen in naturally occurring phenomena such as lightning and magnetic attraction and repulsion. [4 definitions]
electric needle a needle through which electricity runs, used in surgery to cauterize tissue.
electric ray any of various marine rays that are capable of giving off a strong electrical discharge.
electrify to charge with electricity. [3 definitions]
electro electrotype.
electro- electricity.
electrocardiogram the graphic pattern traced by an electrocardiograph, which shows electrical activity in the heart muscles and which is used to diagnose heart ailments or malfunction; EKG; ECG; cardiogram.
electrocardiograph a galvanometer that detects and makes a graphic record of electric activity in the heart muscles, used to detect and diagnose heart disease or malfunction.
electrochemistry the branch of chemistry that deals with the production of electricity by chemical changes and vice versa.
electroconvulsive therapy see electroshock therapy.
electrocute to kill by electricity, esp. to execute (a condemned prisoner) by electricity, as in an electric chair.