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[thur-moh-i-lek-trik] /ˌθɜr moʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk/
of, relating to, or involving the direct relationship between heat and electricity.
Also, thermoelectrical.
1815-25; thermo- + electric
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thermoelectrically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for thermoelectric
  • But thermoelectric materials have not been efficient enough to move beyond niche applications.
  • thermoelectric power from the exhaust and used steam would also gain efficiency.
  • Today, thermoelectric materials are used to power the deep-space probes that explore the outer planets and solar system.
British Dictionary definitions for thermoelectric


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
of, relating to, used in, or operated by the production or absorption of heat by the Peltier effect: a thermoelectric cooler
Derived Forms
thermoelectrically, adverb
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thermoelectric in Science
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.
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