photoelectric cell

noun

Definition of photoelectric cell

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

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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, "Why Are Plants Green? To Reduce the Noise in Photosynthesis.," 30 July 2020

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First Known Use of photoelectric cell

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Photoelectric cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photoelectric%20cell. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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photoelectric cell

noun

English Language Learners Definition of photoelectric cell

technical : an electronic device that converts changes in light into changes in an electric current

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