An electric arc is a high-current electric discharge between two electrodes. The current is carried by the gas plasma maintained by the discharge. Sodium and neon lights exemplify large relatively cool arcs, while arc-welding uses a small very hot arc between a slowly consumed electrode and the workpiece. Lightning is a naturally occurring arc. See also arc lamp.
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