photoelectric cell


: an electronic device whose electrical properties are modified by the action of light

Examples of photoelectric cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2016, Gabor and his colleagues modeled the best conditions for a photoelectric cell that regulates energy flow. Quanta Magazine, 30 July 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of photoelectric cell was in 1890

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“Photoelectric cell.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

photoelectric cell

: a device in which variations of light are converted into corresponding variations in an electric current

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