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[foh-toh-vol-tey-ik, -vohl-]
adjective Electricity.
  1. of or relating to the photovoltaic effect.
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Origin of photovoltaic

First recorded in 1920–25; photo- + voltaic
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British Dictionary definitions for photovoltaic


  1. of, concerned with, or producing electric current or voltage caused by electromagnetic radiation, esp visible light from the sun
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Word Origin and History for photovoltaic


1923, from photo- + voltaic. Related: Photovoltaics (see -ics).

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photovoltaic in Science


[fō′tō-vŏl-tāĭk, -vōl-]
  1. Capable of producing a voltage, usually through photoemission, when exposed to radiant energy, especially light. See more at photoelectric solar cell.
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