triboelectricity

triboelectricity

[trahy-boh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-, trib-oh-]
noun Electricity.
electricity generated by friction.

Origin:
1915–20; tribo- + electricity

triboelectric [trahy-boh-i-lek-trik, trib-oh-] , adjective
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triboelectricity (ˌtraɪbəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ, -ˌiːlɛk-)
 
n
Also called: frictional electricity static electricity generated by friction
 
triboe'lectric
 
adj

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triboelectricity   (trī'bō-ĭ-lěk-trĭs'ĭ-tē, trĭb'ō-)  Pronunciation Key 
An electrical charge produced by friction between two objects that are nonconductive. Rubbing glass with fur, or a comb through the hair, can built up triboelectricity. Most everyday static electricity is triboelectric.
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