ETYM French charge, from charger to load. Related to Charge, Cargo, Caricature.
1. (Criminal law) A pleading describing some wrong or offense; SYN. complaint.
2. A quantity of explosive to be set off at one time; SYN. burster, bursting charge, explosive charge.
3. A impetuous rush toward someone or something.
4. A financial liability (such as a tax).
5. Request for payment of a debt; SYN. billing.
6. The price charged for some article or service.
7. The quantity of unbalanced electricity in a body; SYN. electric charge.
8. A person committed to one's care.
9. A design or image depicted on a shield; SYN. bearing, heraldic bearing, armorial bearing.
A property of subatomic particles, which can have either a negative charge or a positive charge. In electronics, a charge consists of either an excess of electrons (a negative charge) or a deficiency of electrons (a positive charge). The unit of charge is the coulomb, which corresponds to 6.26 x 1018 electrons.
1. To blame for, make a claim of wrongdoing or misbehavior against; SYN. accuse.
2. To file a formal charge against; SYN. lodge, file.
3. To instruct or command with authority.
4. To make an accusatory claim.
5. To pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt.
6. To set or ask for a certain price.
7. To make a rush at or sudden attack upon, as in battle; SYN. bear down.
8. To demand payment; SYN. bill.
9. To enter a certain amount as a charge.
10. To impose a task upon, assign a responsibility to; SYN. saddle, burden.
11. To instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence.
12. To place a heraldic bearing on; of weapons, shields, and banners.
13. To load to capacity.
14. To lie down on command, of hunting dogs.
15. To cause formation of a net electrical charge in or on (a conductor, for example).
16. To energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge.
See electric charge.