fer·​ro·​elec·​tric ˌfer-ō-i-ˈlek-trik How to pronounce ferroelectric (audio)
: of or relating to crystalline substances having spontaneous electric polarization reversible by an electric field
ferroelectric noun
ferroelectricity noun

Examples of ferroelectric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some regions are ferroelectric, with all dipoles pointing in the same directions, and others are antiferroelectric, with dipoles pointing in multiple directions, so that these regions can’t store charge. IEEE Spectrum, 14 May 2024 In this concept drawing of a dendrite-like nanoscale device, voltage pulses applied consecutively to all five gates from left to right flip all electric dipoles in the ferroelectric insulating layer from down to up. IEEE Spectrum, 15 Mar. 2023 Boahen suggests that a string of ferroelectric capacitors could emulate a stretch of dendrite and replace the gate stack of a field-effect transistor to form a ferroelectric FET (FeFET). IEEE Spectrum, 15 Mar. 2023 These require the insertion of a nanometer-thin layer of ferroelectric material, such as hafnium zirconium oxide, in the MOSFET’s gate stack. IEEE Spectrum, 8 July 2022 Si/TiN ferroelectric capacitors as small as 0.16 µm², and solder reflow compatibility for the first time for this type of memory. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 The work was supported by the EU’s 3eFERRO Consortium project that was designed to produce new ferroelectric material Hf(Zr)O2 that makes FeRAM a competitive NVM candidate for IoT applications. Tom Coughlin, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 But these researchers are using a new type of RAM—ferroelectric RAM or F-RAM—that erases the distinction. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 3 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ferroelectric was in 1935

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“Ferroelectric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferroelectric. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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