Electrocution vs Flashover - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between electrocution and flashover

is that electrocution is electrocution (death or suicide by electric shock) while flashover is the near simultaneous ignition of all combustible material in an enclosed area.

electrocution

Noun

(en noun)
  • The accidental death or suicide by electric shock.
  • Deliberate execution by electric shock, usually involving an electric chair.
  • (informal, deprecated) A severe electric shock, whether fatal or not.
  • Usage notes

    Formally, the words electrocution'' and ''electrocute'' imply fatality. Informally, however, these terms are sometimes used to refer to serious but ''nonfatal electric shocks''. Preferred usage is to normally reserve ''electrocution'' for fatal electric shocks, and to use ''shock'' or ''electric shock for nonfatal ones.

    See also

    * execution

    flashover

    English

    Noun

    (wikipedia flashover) (en noun)
  • The near simultaneous ignition of all combustible material in an enclosed area.
  • An unintended electric discharge or arc over or around an insulator
  • Derived terms

    *flashover voltage