photoelectric cell

noun

Definition of photoelectric cell

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

First Known Use of photoelectric cell

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

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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