photocell

[ foh-toh-sel ]
/ ˈfoʊ toʊˌsɛl /

noun Electronics.

a solid-state device that converts light into electrical energy by producing a voltage, as in a photovoltaic cell, or uses light to regulate the flow of current, as in a photoconductive cell: used in automatic control systems for doors, lighting, etc.

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Origin of photocell

First recorded in 1890–95; photo- + cell1
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Example sentences from the Web for photocell

  • A fast reading with the photocell gave me the apparent magnitude and a comparison with its absolute magnitude showed its distance.

    The Repairman|Harry Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for photocell

photocell
/ (ˈfəʊtəʊˌsɛl) /

noun

a device in which the photoelectric or photovoltaic effect or photoconductivity is used to produce a current or voltage when exposed to light or other electromagnetic radiation. They are used in exposure meters, burglar alarms, etcAlso called: photoelectric cell, electric eye
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Scientific definitions for photocell

photocell
[ fōtō-sĕl′ ]

See photoresistor.
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