photovoltaics

[ foh-toh-vohl-tey-iks ]
/ ˌfoʊ toʊ voʊlˈteɪ ɪks /

noun Physics.

(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.

QUIZZES

BEAT THE DOLDRUMS WITH THIS WORD OF THE DAY QUIZ!

We know you’ll tackle this quiz totis viribus! See how many words from the week of Oct 12–18, 2020 you get right!
Question 1 of 7
What does “Indigenous” mean?

Origin of photovoltaics

First recorded in 1975–80; see origin at photovoltaic, -ics
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020