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debye

Syllabification: de·bye
Pronunciation: /dəˈbī
 
/
(also debye unit)

Definition of debye in English:

noun

Chemistry
A unit used to express electric dipole moments of molecules. One debye is equal to 3.336 × 1030 coulomb meter.
Example sentences
  • The unit assigned to dipole moments is the debye.
  • Similarly, the dipole moment of methanol, another extremely polar substance, is only 2.9 debyes.
  • A dipole moment of less than or equal to 1 debyes is preferred.

Origin

early 20th century: named after Debye, Peter.

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