[ pur-mi-tiv-i-tee ]
/ ˌpɜr mɪˈtɪv ɪ ti /
noun, plural per·mit·tiv·i·ties.
Electricity. the ratio of the flux density produced by an electric field in a given dielectric to the flux density produced by that field in a vacuum.
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Also called dielectric constant, relative permittivity, specific inductive capacity.
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British Dictionary definitions for dielectric constant (1 of 2)
another name for relative permittivity
British Dictionary definitions for dielectric constant (2 of 2)
/ (ˌpɜːmɪˈtɪvɪtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
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Scientific definitions for dielectric constant
[ pûr′mĭ-tĭv′ĭ-tē ]
A measure of the ability of a material to resist the formation of an electric field within it, equal to the ratio between the electric flux density and the electric field strength generated by an electric charge in the material.
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