contact potential

noun Electricity.

the potential generated by the contact of two dissimilar materials in air or in a vacuum.

Nearby words

  1. contact man,
  2. contact metamorphism,
  3. contact mine,
  4. contact paper,
  5. contact patch,
  6. contact print,
  7. contact printer,
  8. contact printing,
  9. contact process,
  10. contact sheet

Origin of contact potential

First recorded in 1880–85

Also called Volta effect. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019