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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Eel  \Eel\,  n.  [AS.  ?l;  akin  to  D.,  G.,  &  Dan.  aal,  Icel.  [=a]ll, 
  Sw  [*a]l.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  An  elongated  fish  of  many  genera  and  species.  The  common  eels 
  of  Europe  and  America  belong  to  the  genus  {Anguilla}.  The 
  electrical  eel  is  a  species  of  {Gymnotus}.  The  so  called 
  {vinegar  eel}  is  a  minute  nematode  worm.  See  {Conger  eel}, 
  {Electric  eel},  and  {Gymnotus}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Electric  \E*lec"tric\,  Electrical  \E*lec"tric*al\,  a.  [L. 
  electrum  amber,  a  mixed  metal,  Gr  ?;  akin  to  ?  the  beaming 
  sun,  cf  Skr.  arc  to  beam,  shine:  cf  F.  ['e]lectrique.  The 
  name  came  from  the  production  of  electricity  by  the  friction 
  of  amber.] 
  1.  Pertaining  to  electricity;  consisting  of  containing, 
  derived  from  or  produced  by  electricity;  as  electric 
  power  or  virtue;  an  electric  jar;  electric  effects;  an 
  electric  spark. 
 
  2.  Capable  of  occasioning  the  phenomena  of  electricity;  as 
  an  electric  or  electrical  machine  or  substance. 
 
  3.  Electrifying;  thrilling;  magnetic.  ``Electric  Pindar.'' 
  --Mrs.  Browning. 
 
  {Electric  atmosphere},  or  {Electric  aura}.  See  under  {Aura}. 
 
 
  {Electrical  battery}.  See  {Battery}. 
 
  {Electrical  brush}.  See  under  {Brush}. 
 
  {Electric  cable}.  See  {Telegraph  cable},  under  {Telegraph}. 
 
 
  {Electric  candle}.  See  under  {Candle}. 
 
  {Electric  cat}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  three  or  more  large  species 
  of  African  catfish  of  the  genus  {Malapterurus}  (esp.  {M. 
  electricus}  of  the  Nile).  They  have  a  large  electrical 
  organ  and  are  able  to  give  powerful  shocks;  --  called  also 
  {sheathfish}. 
 
  {Electric  clock}.  See  under  {Clock},  and  see 
  {Electro-chronograph}. 
 
  {Electric  current},  a  current  or  stream  of  electricity 
  traversing  a  closed  circuit  formed  of  conducting 
  substances,  or  passing  by  means  of  conductors  from  one 
  body  to  another  which  is  in  a  different  electrical  state. 
 
 
  {Electric,  or  Electrical},  {eel}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  South  American 
  eel-like  fresh-water  fish  of  the  genus  {Gymnotus}  ({G. 
  electricus}),  from  two  to  five  feet  in  length,  capable  of 
  giving  a  violent  electric  shock.  See  {Gymnotus}. 
 
  {Electrical  fish}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  fish  which  has  an 
  electrical  organ  by  means  of  which  it  can  give  an 
  electrical  shock.  The  best  known  kinds  are  the  torpedo, 
  the  gymnotus,  or  electrical  eel,  and  the  electric  cat.  See 
  {Torpedo},  and  {Gymnotus}. 
 
  {Electric  fluid},  the  supposed  matter  of  electricity; 
  lightning. 
 
  {Electrical  image}  (Elec.),  a  collection  of  electrical  points 
  regarded  as  forming,  by  an  analogy  with  optical  phenomena, 
  an  image  of  certain  other  electrical  points,  and  used  in 
  the  solution  of  electrical  problems.  --Sir  W.  Thomson. 
 
  {Electrical  light},  the  light  produced  by  a  current  of 
  electricity  which  in  passing  through  a  resisting  medium 
  heats  it  to  incandescence  or  burns  it  See  under  {Carbon}. 
 
 
  {Electric,  or  Electrical},  {machine},  an  apparatus  for 
  generating,  collecting,  or  exciting,  electricity,  as  by 
  friction. 
 
  {Electric  motor}.  See  {Electro-motor},  2. 
 
  {Electric  osmose}.  (Physics)  See  under  {Osmose}. 
 
  {Electric  pen},  a  hand  pen  for  making  perforated  stencils  for 
  multiplying  writings.  It  has  a  puncturing  needle  driven  at 
  great  speed  by  a  very  small  magneto-electric  engine  on  the 
  penhandle. 
 
  {Electric  railway},  a  railway  in  which  the  machinery  for 
  moving  the  cars  is  driven  by  an  electric  current. 
 
  {Electric  ray}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  torpedo. 
 
  {Electric  telegraph}.  See  {Telegraph}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  eel 
  n  1:  flesh  of  eel;  elongate  fatty-fleshed  fish  found  in  fresh 
  water  in  Europe  and  America;  large  eels  usually  smoked 
  or  pickled 
  2:  voracious  snakelike  marine  or  freshwater  fishes  with  smooth 
  slimy  usually  scaleless  skin  and  having  a  continuous 
  vertical  fin  but  no  ventral  fins 




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