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dielectric constant

noun, Electricity
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  • The real and imaginary part of the dielectric constant.
  • When cooking temperature increased, the dielectric constant increased, while the loss factor and depth of penetration decreased.
  • However, there generally exists an inverse relationship between dielectric constant and dielectric breakdown strength.
British Dictionary definitions for dielectric constant

dielectric constant

another name for relative permittivity
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Encyclopedia Article for dielectric constant

property of an electrical insulating material (a dielectric) equal to the ratio of the capacitance of a capacitor filled with the given material to the capacitance of an identical capacitor in a vacuum without the dielectric material. The insertion of a dielectric between the plates of, say, a parallel-plate capacitor always increases its capacitance, or ability to store opposite charges on each plate, compared with this ability when the plates are separated by a vacuum. If C is the value of the capacitance of a capacitor filled with a given dielectric and C0 is the capacitance of an identical capacitor in a vacuum, the dielectric constant, symbolized by the Greek letter kappa, kappa, is simply expressed as kappa = C/C0. Dielectric constant is a number without dimensions. It denotes a large-scale property of dielectrics without specifying the electrical behaviour on the atomic scale

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