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What does "ground" and "charge" mean? Answered

For a long time I have been confused about the relationship between "ground" and "charge", and what they have to do with positive or negative. I know that electrons are negatively charged, but you referred to the negative as ground; then when talking about lightning you said that the ground was positively charged. Can you please tell me at least whether "ground" is negative or positive.

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randofo

4 weeks ago

This is key:
Electricity consists of a charge, which is the build up of charged electrons.

Ground is an area that neutralizes that charge by removing excess charge.

The minus symbol on the battery is not indicated of a "negative voltage". It is the ground plane in most basic circuits. It is where energy is dissipated. The plus symbol indicated the source of potential power.