[ thur-moh-i-lek-trik ]
/ ˌθɜr moʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk /


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

Origin of thermoelectric

First recorded in 1815–25; thermo- + electric

Related forms

ther·mo·e·lec·tri·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for thermoelectric


thermoelectrical (ˌθɜːməʊɪˈlɛktrɪkəl)

/ (ˌθɜːməʊɪˈlɛktrɪk) /


of, relating to, used in, or operated by the generation of an electromotive force by the Seebeck effect or the Thomson effecta thermoelectric thermometer
of, relating to, used in, or operated by the production or absorption of heat by the Peltier effecta thermoelectric cooler

Derived Forms

thermoelectrically, adverb
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Science definitions for thermoelectric


[ thûr′mō-ĭ-lĕktrĭk ]

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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