[foh-toh-vol-tey-ik, -vohl-]

adjective Electricity.

of or relating to the photovoltaic effect.

Origin of photovoltaic

First recorded in 1920–25; photo- + voltaic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for photovoltaic



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-]

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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