Definition of electric charge in English:

electric charge


  • The quantity whose presence or flow constitutes electricity, now recognized as an intrinsic property of certain subatomic particles; the property of something by virtue of which it is affected by an electric field; an excess of one or other kind of this (positive or negative) on or in an object.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From electric + charge.


electric charge

/ɪˌlɛktrɪk ˈtʃɑːdʒ/