Definition of electric eye in English:

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electric eye

Pronunciation: /əˌlektrik ˈī/

noun

informal
A photoelectric cell operating a relay when the beam of light illuminating it is obscured.
Example sentences
  • Tierney is uncertain why he is in New York, but admits that he is somehow drawn to ‘this world of moving staircases, electric eyes, efficient loud-speakers, like a moth to the bright light’.
  • Most of today's bowlers take the electric eye or computerized foul detectors for granted.
  • He holds back the remote and as its electric eye falls upon his face the snow clears and an image appears on the screen: an extreme close up detail of his own face.

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Syllabification: e·lec·tric eye

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