(used with a singular verb) a field of semiconductor technology involving the direct conversion of electromagnetic radiation as sunlight, into electricity.
(used with a plural verb) devices designed to perform such conversion.

Nearby words

  1. phototypesetting,
  2. phototypography,
  3. photovoltaic,
  4. photovoltaic cell,
  5. photovoltaic effect,
  6. photozincography,
  7. photuria,
  8. php,
  9. phr.,
  10. phragmites

Origin of photovoltaics

First recorded in 1975–80; see origin at photovoltaic, -ics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019