electric, electrical
In most contexts electric is the natural choice, especially to describe a device that works by electricity (electric blanket / electric kettle). Electrical is reserved for contexts in which the meaning is, more generally, ‘relating to or concerned with electricity’, as in electrical engineering.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • electrical — UK US /ɪˈlektrɪkəl/ adjective ► related to or using electricity: »an electrical business/company/retailer »Most electrical goods come with a one year guarantee. »electrical appliance/device/equipment → Compare ELECTRONIC(Cf. ↑electronic …   Financial and business terms

  • electrical — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ concerned with, operating by, or producing electricity. ► NOUN (electricals) ▪ electrical equipment or circuitry …   English terms dictionary

  • electrical — [ē lek′tri kəl, i lek′tri kəl] adj. 1. ELECTRIC 2. connected with the science or use of electricity [an electrical engineer] …   English World dictionary

  • electrical — “relating to electricity, run by electricity,” 1746, from ELECTRIC (Cf. electric) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Earlier (1630s) synonymous with electric. Related: Electrically …   Etymology dictionary

  • Electrical — Electric E*lec tric ([ e]*l[e^]k tr[i^]k), Electrical E*lec tric*al ([ e]*l[e^]k tr[i^]*kal), a. [L. electrum amber, a mixed metal, Gr. h lektron; akin to hle ktwr the beaming sun, cf. Skr. arc to beam, shine: cf. F. [ e]lectrique. The name came… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • electrical — [[t]ɪle̱ktrɪk(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n Electrical goods, equipment, or appliances work by means of electricity. ...shipments of electrical equipment. ...electrical appliances. Derived words: electrically [[t]ɪle̱ktrɪkli[/t]] ADV ADV ed… …   English dictionary

  • electrical — e|lec|tri|cal S3 [ıˈlektrıkəl] adj 1.) relating to electricity ▪ The fire was caused by an electrical fault . ▪ an electrical engineer (=a person who designs and makes electrical equipment) 2.) using electricity electrical… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • electrical — e|lec|tri|cal [ ı lektrıkl ] adjective ** working by electricity: They sell all kinds of electrical equipment and appliances. a. relating to electricity: The fire was caused by an electrical fault. electrical engineering …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • electrical */*/ — UK [ɪˈlektrɪk(ə)l] / US adjective a) working by electricity They sell all kinds of electrical equipment and appliances. b) relating to electricity electrical engineering The fire was caused by an electrical fault. Derived word: electrically UK /… …   English dictionary

  • electrical*/ — [ɪˈlektrɪk(ə)l] adj working by or relating to electricity electrical equipment/appliances[/ex] an electrical fault[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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