Electrify
Electrify E*lec"tri*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Electrified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Electrifying} .] [Electric + -fy.] 1. To communicate electricity to; to charge with electricity; as, to electrify a jar. [1913 Webster]

2. To cause electricity to pass through; to affect by electricity; to give an electric shock to; as, to electrify a limb, or the body. [1913 Webster]

3. To excite suddenly and violently, esp. by something highly delightful or inspiriting; to thrill; as, this patriotic sentiment electrified the audience. [1913 Webster]

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. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Try whether she could electrify Mr. Grandcourt by mentioning it to him at table. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]


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