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solar energy

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noun
  1. energy derived from the sun in the form of solar radiation.
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Also called solar.
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Historical Examples

  • The talk turned to heat-transfer mechanisms in the earth, and from there to the whole problem of solar-energy input and outflow.

    The Flaming Mountain

    Harold Leland Goodwin


British Dictionary definitions for solar energy

solar energy

noun
  1. energy obtained from solar power
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solar energy in Science

solar energy

  1. The radiant energy emitted by the Sun.
  2. Energy derived from the Sun's radiation. Passive solar energy can be exploited through architectural design, as by positioning windows to allow sunlight to enter and help heat a space. Active solar energy involves the conversion of sunlight to electrical energy, especially in solar (photovoltaic) cells. See also solar cell.
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solar energy in Culture

solar energy

The energy the Earth receives from the sun, primarily as visible light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation. (See renewable resource.)

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The term solar energy often refers to processes that use this energy to generate heat or electricity for human use. (See solar cells.)
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