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thermion

[thurm-ahy-uh n, -on; thur-mee-uh n] /ˈθɜrmˌaɪ ən, -ɒn; ˈθɜr mi ən/
noun, Physics.
1.
an ion emitted by incandescent material.
Origin of thermion
1910-1915
1910-15; therm- + ion
Related forms
thermionic, adjective
thermionically, adverb
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  • I have even made an attempt to understand the mystery that is called the thermionic Valve.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • Above the mantel of the lodge's thermionic fireplace was hung a brilliant cascading stereo of Yosemite Falls in misty motion.

    Deepfreeze Robert Donald Locke
British Dictionary definitions for thermionic

thermionic

/ˌθɜːmɪˈɒnɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or operated by electrons emitted from materials at high temperatures: a thermionic valve

thermion

/ˈθɜːmɪən/
noun
1.
(physics) an electron or ion emitted by a body at high temperature
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thermionic in Science
thermion
  (thûr'mī'ən)   
An electrically charged particle or ion that is emitted by a heated conducting material. The electrons emitted from the cathodes of electron tubes (such as cathode ray tubes) are thermions.
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