Pyroelectricity Pyr`o*e`lec*tric"i*ty, n. (Physics) Electricity developed by means of heat; the science which treats of electricity thus developed. [1913 Webster]

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  • Pyroelectricity — is the ability of certain materials to generate an electrical potential when they are heated or cooled. As a result of this change in temperature, positive and negative charges move to opposite ends through migration (i.e., the material becomes… …   Wikipedia

  • pyroelectricity — [pī΄rō ē΄lek΄tris′ə tē] n. the development of electric dipoles in certain crystalline materials as a result of temperature changes: often called pyroelectric effect …   English World dictionary

  • pyroelectricity — /puy roh i lek tris i tee, ee lek /, n. electrification or electrical polarity produced in certain crystals by temperature changes. [1825 35; PYRO + ELECTRICITY] * * * ▪ physics       development of opposite electrical charges on different parts… …   Universalium

  • pyroelectricity — piroelektra statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. pyroelectricity vok. Pyroelektrizität, f rus. пироэлектричество, n pranc. pyro électricité, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • pyroelectricity — noun generation of an electric charge on certain crystals (such as tourmaline) as a result of a change in temperature • Derivationally related forms: ↑pyroelectrical, ↑pyroelectric • Hypernyms: ↑electrical phenomenon * * * |pī(ˌ)rō+ noun… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pyroelectricity — noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1834 a state of electrical polarization produced (as in a crystal) by a change of temperature • pyroelectric adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pyroelectricity — noun the generation of electric charge as a result of a change in temperature See Also: pyroelectric …   Wiktionary

  • pyroelectricity — py·ro·electricity …   English syllables

  • pyroelectricity — py•ro•e•lec•tric•i•ty [[t]ˌpaɪ roʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, ˌi lɛk [/t]] n. elm electrification or electrical polarity produced in certain crystals by temperature changes • Etymology: 1825–35 py ro•e•lec′tric, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • pyroelectricity — /ˌpaɪroʊəlɛkˈtrɪsəti/ (say .puyrohuhlek trisuhtee) noun the electrified state, or electric polarity, in some crystals produced by and changing with temperature …   Australian English dictionary

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