Electoral college, the body of princes formerly entitled to elect the Emperor of Germany; also, a name sometimes given, in the United States, to the body of electors chosen by the people to elect the President and Vice President.

(E*lect`or*al"i*ty) n. The territory or dignity of an elector; electorate. [R.] Sir H. Wotton.

(E*lect"or*ate) n. [Cf. F. électorat.]

1. The territory, jurisdiction, or dignity of an elector, as in the old German empire.

2. The whole body of persons in a nation or state who are entitled to vote in an election, or any distinct class or division of them.

The middle-class electorate of Great Britain.
M. Arnold.

(E*lect"or*ess) n. [Fem. of Elector.] An electress. Bp. Burnet.

(E`lec*to"ri*al) a. Electoral. Burke.

(E*lect"or*ship) n. The office or status of an elector.

(E*lec"tre, E*lec"ter) n. [L. electrum: cf. F. électre mixture of gold and silver. See Electrum.]

1. Amber. See Electrum. [Obs.]

2. A metallic substance compounded of gold and silver; an alloy. [Obs.] Wyclif.

(E`lec*trep"e*ter) n. [Electro + Gr. tre`pein to turn.] An instrument used to change the direction of electric currents; a commutator. [R.]

(E*lect"ress) n. [Cf. F. électrice. Cf. Electoress.] The wife or widow of an elector in the old German empire. Burke.

(E*lec"tric) Electrical
(E*lec"tric*al) 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. électrique. 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.

1. One who elects, or has the right of choice; a person who is entitled to take part in an election, or to give his vote in favor of a candidate for office.

2. Hence, specifically, in any country, a person legally qualified to vote.

3. In the old German empire, one of the princes entitled to choose the emperor.

4. One of the persons chosen, by vote of the people in the United States, to elect the President and Vice President.

(E*lect"or) a. [Cf. F. électoral.] Pertaining to an election or to electors.

In favor of the electoral and other princes.

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