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triboelectricity

[ trahy-boh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-, trib-oh- ]
/ ˌtraɪ boʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-, ˌtrɪb oʊ- /
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noun Electricity.
electricity generated by friction.
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Origin of triboelectricity

First recorded in 1915–20; tribo- + electricity

OTHER WORDS FROM triboelectricity

tri·bo·e·lec·tric [trahy-boh-i-lek-trik, trib-oh-], /ˌtraɪ boʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk, ˌtrɪb oʊ-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for triboelectricity

triboelectricity
/ (ˌtraɪbəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ, -ˌiːlɛk-) /

noun
static electricity generated by frictionAlso called: frictional electricity

Derived forms of triboelectricity

triboelectric, adjective
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Scientific definitions for triboelectricity

triboelectricity
[ trī′bō-ĭ-lĕk-trĭsĭ-tē, trĭb′ō- ]

An electrical charge produced by friction between two objects that are nonconductive. Rubbing glass with fur, or a comb through the hair, can built up triboelectricity. Most everyday static electricity is triboelectric.
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