adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1889 of, relating to, or utilizing the generation of a voltage when radiant energy falls on the boundary between dissimilar substances (as two different semiconductors) • photovoltaic noun

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  • photovoltaic — 1923, from PHOTO (Cf. photo ) + VOLTAIC (Cf. voltaic). Related: Photovoltaics (see ICS (Cf. ics)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • photovoltaic — [fōt΄ō väl tā′ik] adj. [ PHOTO + VOLTAIC] of or having to do with the generation of an electromotive force at the junction of two different materials in response to visible or other radiation …   English World dictionary

  • photovoltaic — /foh toh vol tay ik, vohl /, adj. Elect. of or pertaining to the photovoltaic effect. [1920 25; PHOTO + VOLTAIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • photovoltaic — adjective Producing a voltage when exposed to light. Syn: photoelectric …   Wiktionary

  • photovoltaic — fəʊtəʊvÉ‘l teɪɪk adj. producing electricity under the influence of light or radiation; photoelectric …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Photovoltaic — (PV)   Pertaining to the direct conversion of light into electricity.   Solar Electric Glossary …   Energy terms

  • photovoltaic — [ˌfəʊtəʊvɒl teɪɪk] adjective relating to the production of electric current at the junction of two substances exposed to light …   English new terms dictionary

  • photovoltaic — pho·to·voltaic …   English syllables

  • photovoltaic — pho•to•vol•ta•ic [[t]ˌfoʊ toʊ vɒlˈteɪ ɪk, voʊl [/t]] adj. elm of or pertaining to a material or device in which electricity is generated as a result of exposure to light • Etymology: 1920–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • photovoltaic — /ˌfoʊtoʊvɒlˈteɪɪk / (say .fohtohvol tayik) adjective providing a potential source of electric current under the influence of light or similar radiation. {photo (def. 1) + voltaic} …   Australian English dictionary

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