electrostriction

electrostriction

[ih-lek-truh-strik-shuhn]
noun Physics.
elastic deformation produced by an electric field, independent of the polarity of the field.

Origin:
electro- + striction

electrostrictive, adjective
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electrostriction (ɪˌlɛktrəʊˈstrɪkʃən)
 
n
the change in dimensions of a dielectric occurring as an elastic strain when an electric field is applied

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electrostriction

property of all electrical nonconductors, or dielectrics, that manifests itself as a relatively slight change of shape, or mechanical deformation, under the application of an electric field. Reversal of the electric field does not reverse the direction of the deformation

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