photoelectricity

photoelectricity

[foh-toh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-]
noun Physics.
1.
electricity induced by electromagnetic radiation, as in certain processes, as the photoelectric and photovoltaic effects, photoconductivity, and photoionization.
2.
the branch of physics that deals with these phenomena.

Origin:
1875–80; photo- + electricity

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photoelectric or photoelectrical (ˌfəʊtəʊɪˈlɛktrɪk)
 
adj
of or concerned with electric or electronic effects caused by light or other electromagnetic radiation
 
photoelectrical or photoelectrical
 
adj
 
photoe'lectrically or photoelectrical
 
adv
 
photoelectricity or photoelectrical
 
n

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