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thermoelectric Line breaks: thermo|elec¦tric
Pronunciation: /ˌθəːməʊɪˈlɛktrɪk/

Definition of thermoelectric in English:


Producing electricity by a difference of temperatures.
Example sentences
  • The new design is an improvement over current thermoelectric devices used for the generation of electricity aboard spacecraft.
  • For instance, waste heat will be converted to electricity by a thermoelectric device.
  • The objective of the project is to demonstrate that quantum dots can be used to produce an improved thermoelectric nanomaterial by engineering thermal and electronic properties to achieve increased efficiencies.



Example sentences
  • Detectors used for long-term continuous monitoring of UV from sources like the sun may be thermoelectrically cooled.
  • In order to eliminate light scattering from the sample, four cut-off filters were placed together in front of the red-sensitive photomultiplier tube, thermoelectrically cooled at 24°C.
  • This instrument is computerized and equipped with a programmable thermoelectrically controlled cell holder.


Pronunciation: /ˌθəːməʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪti/
Example sentences
  • He then moved on to his deeper concern: ‘I am not very satisfied with my theory of thermoelectricity.’
  • He now worked on thermodynamics, publishing three papers on applications to physical chemistry and thermoelectricity.
  • The system also works in reverse: one common use of thermoelectricity relies on juice from the battery to rapidly cool the seats in some luxury car models.

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