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[pahy-ee-zoh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-, pee-ey-zoh-] /paɪˌi zoʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-, piˌeɪ zoʊ-/
electricity, or electric polarity, produced by the piezoelectric effect.
Origin of piezoelectricity
1890-95; < Greek piéz(ein) to press + -o- + electricity
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[pahy-ee-zoh-i-lek-trik, pee-ey-] /paɪˌi zoʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk, piˌeɪ-/ (Show IPA),
piezoelectrically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for piezoelectricity
  • It's great that the researchers have developed a new material structure that can exhibit piezoelectricity.
  • The generators take advantage of materials that exhibit a property called piezoelectricity.
  • The dance floor is designed to harness the energy of the people stomping on it based on a principle called piezoelectricity.
  • piezoelectricity is created when mechanical stress causes electrons within a crystal to flow, producing an electric current.
British Dictionary definitions for piezoelectricity

piezoelectric effect

  1. the production of electricity or electric polarity by applying a mechanical stress to certain crystals
  2. the converse effect in which stress is produced in a crystal as a result of an applied potential difference
Derived Forms
piezoelectrically, adverb
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