|thermoelectric or thermoelectrical (ˌθɜːməʊɪˈlɛktrɪk, ˌθɜːməʊɪˈlɛktrɪkəl)|
|1.||of, relating to, used in, or operated by the generation of an electromotive force by the Seebeck effect or the Thomson effect: a thermoelectric thermometer|
|2.||of, relating to, used in, or operated by the production or absorption of heat by the Peltier effect: a thermoelectric cooler|
|thermoelectrical or thermoelectrical|
|thermoe'lectrically or thermoelectrical|
|thermoelectric (thûr'mō-ĭ-lěk'trĭk) Pronunciation Key
Relating to electric potential or power produced by heat, or to heat produced by electric energy. The thermoelectric energy of a nuclear power plant is produced by the heat generated from nuclear fission. The thermoelectric properties of materials such as selenium and semiconductors are exploited in devices such as thermistors and thermocouples used in temperature gauges. See also Seebeck effect.