[dahy-i-lek-trik] Electricity.
a nonconducting substance; insulator.
a substance in which an electric field can be maintained with a minimum loss of power.
of or pertaining to a dielectric substance.

1830–40; di-3 + electric

dielectrically, adverb
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dielectric (ˌdaɪɪˈlɛktrɪk)
1.  a substance or medium that can sustain a static electric field within it
2.  a substance or body of very low electrical conductivity; insulator
3.  of, concerned with, or having the properties of a dielectric
[from dia- + electric]

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dielectric   (dī'ĭ-lěk'trĭk)  Pronunciation Key 
Adjective   Having little or no ability to conduct electricity, generally as a result of having no electrons that are free to move.

Noun   A dielectric substance, especially one used in a capacitor to maintain an electric field between the plates.
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dielectric [(deye-i-lek-trik)]

A material that conducts (see conduction) electricity poorly or not at all. If a voltage is applied to a dielectric, the atoms in the material arrange themselves in such a way as to oppose the flow of electric current. Glass, wood, and plastic are common dielectrics. (See insulator.)

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