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ferroelectric

[fer-oh-i-lek-trik] /ˌfɛr oʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to a substance that possesses spontaneous electric polarization such that the polarization can be reversed by an electric field.
noun
2.
a ferroelectric substance.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; ferro- + electric; by analogy with ferromagnetic
Related forms
ferroelectrically, adverb
ferroelectricity
[fer-oh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-] /ˌfɛr oʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ferroelectricity

ferroelectric

/ˌfɛrəʊɪˈlɛktrɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a substance) exhibiting spontaneous polarization that can be reversed by the application of a suitable electric field
2.
of or relating to ferroelectric substances
noun
3.
a ferroelectric substance
Derived Forms
ferroelectrically, adverb
ferroelectricity (ˌfɛrəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ; -ˌiːlɛk-) noun
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ferroelectricity in Science
ferroelectric
  (fěr'ō-ĭ-lěk'trĭk)   
  1. Relating to a typically crystalline dielectric that can be given a permanent electric polarization by application of an electric field.

  2. A ferroelectric substance.


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Encyclopedia Article for ferroelectricity

property of certain nonconducting crystals, or dielectrics, that exhibit spontaneous electric polarization (separation of the centre of positive and negative electric charge, making one side of the crystal positive and the opposite side negative) that can be reversed in direction by the application of an appropriate electric field. Ferroelectricity is named by analogy with ferromagnetism, which occurs in such materials as iron. Iron atoms, being tiny magnets, spontaneously align themselves in clusters called ferromagnetic domains, which in turn can be oriented predominantly in a given direction by the application of an external magnetic field.

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