[trahy-boh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-, trib-oh-]

Origin of triboelectricity

First recorded in 1915–20; tribo- + electricity
Related formstri·bo·e·lec·tric [trahy-boh-i-lek-trik, trib-oh-] /ˌtraɪ boʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk, ˌtrɪb oʊ-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for triboelectricity


  1. static electricity generated by frictionAlso called: frictional electricity
Derived Formstriboelectric, adjective
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triboelectricity in Science


[trī′bō-ĭ-lĕk-trĭsĭ-tē, trĭb′ō-]
  1. 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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