[thurm-ahy-uh n, -on; thur-mee-uh n]

Origin of thermion

First recorded in 1910–15; therm- + ion
Related formstherm·i·on·ic, adjectivetherm·i·on·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for thermion


  1. physics an electron or ion emitted by a body at high temperature
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thermion in Science


  1. An electrically charged particle or ion that is emitted by a heated conducting material. The electrons emitted from the cathodes of electron tubes (such as cathode ray tubes) are thermions.
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