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  1. of, relating to, or involving the direct relationship between heat and electricity.
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Sometimes ther·mo·e·lec·tri·cal.

Origin of thermoelectric

First recorded in 1815–25; thermo- + electric
Related formsther·mo·e·lec·tri·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for thermoelectric

Historical Examples of thermoelectric

  • Thomson had, however, previous to the publication of this paper, applied thermodynamic theory to thermoelectric phenomena.

    Lord Kelvin

    Andrew Gray

  • The refraction of invisible heat was ascertained in consequence of the invention of the thermoelectric pile.

  • In the ice is a thermoelectric junction, the wires leading to which are in communication with a reflecting galvanometer.

  • Low-calorie lignite remains the major fuel base for thermoelectric power stations.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for thermoelectric


thermoelectrical (ˌθɜːməʊɪˈlɛktrɪkəl)

  1. of, relating to, used in, or operated by the generation of an electromotive force by the Seebeck effect or the Thomson effecta thermoelectric thermometer
  2. of, relating to, used in, or operated by the production or absorption of heat by the Peltier effecta thermoelectric cooler
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Derived Formsthermoelectrically, adverb
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thermoelectric in Science


  1. Relating to electric potential or power produced by heat, or to heat produced by electric energy. The thermoelectric energy of a nuclear power plant is produced by the heat generated from nuclear fission. The thermoelectric properties of materials such as selenium and semiconductors are exploited in devices such as thermistors and thermocouples used in temperature gauges. See also Seebeck effect.
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