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photoelectric

[foh-toh-i-lek-trik] /ˌfoʊ toʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk/
adjective
1.
pertaining to the electronic or other electric effects produced by light.
Sometimes, photoelectrical.
Origin of photoelectric
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; photo- + electric
Related forms
photoelectrically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for photoelectric
Historical Examples
  • He has photoelectric vision, and a picture of what that aisle is supposed to look like.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • Here's your photoelectric light key for room 2305 F. That's on the two hundred thirtieth floor.

    Stand by for Mars! Carey Rockwell
  • Two photoelectric robot machine guns followed each movement of the duelists.

    Thy Rocks and Rills Robert Ernest Gilbert
  • He passed his hand rapidly over the photoelectric eye of the commo box.

    Null-ABC Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
British Dictionary definitions for photoelectric

photoelectric

/ˌfəʊtəʊɪˈlɛktrɪk/
adjective
1.
of or concerned with electric or electronic effects caused by light or other electromagnetic radiation
Derived Forms
photoelectrically, adverb
photoelectricity (ˌfəʊtəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ) noun
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photoelectric in Medicine

photoelectric pho·to·e·lec·tric (fō'tō-ĭ-lěk'trĭk) or pho·to·e·lec·tri·cal (-trĭ-kəl)
adj.
Of or relating to the electric effects, especially increased conductivity, caused by light.

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photoelectric in Science
photoelectric
  (fō'tō-ĭ-lěk'trĭk)   
Relating to or exhibiting to electrical effects upon exposure to light. For example, some photoelectric materials emit electrons called photoelectrons upon exposure to certain frequencies of light; others, such as photoresistors and phototransistors, change their electrical properties. See also photoelectric effect.
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