pi·​e·​zo·​elec·​tric pē-ˌā-(ˌ)zō-ə-ˈlek-trik How to pronounce piezoelectric (audio)
: of, relating to, marked by, or functioning by means of piezoelectricity
piezoelectrically adverb

Examples of piezoelectric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conventional—and bulky—ultrasound scanning machines use piezoelectric materials (which convert electrical signals into movement) to send out sound waves that penetrate the body. Simon Makin, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 Among them are piezoelectric and triboelectric generators, which leverage mechanical strain and materials’ electrostatic properties to generate electricity. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Nov. 2023 This technique is somewhat similar, Robinson says, to the work that’s been done pairing ultrasound with a piezoelectric crystal, which turns sound-wave vibrations into electricity and can power a tiny neural implant. IEEE Spectrum, 16 Oct. 2023 The devices’ wireless communications rely on the creation of electrical signals from piezoelectric activity, made possible as the tattoos change shape, which converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. IEEE Spectrum, 12 June 2023 So, the fact that quartz crystals contain an energy that can be exploited via the piezoelectric effect does not imply that we humans should be able to pick up on it. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2022 To accomplish this feat, the engineers sandwiched a thin layer of piezoelectric material between two layers of PET plastic. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 30 Apr. 2022 At the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto, researchers made a compound that works based on the piezoelectric effect, in which electricity is produced by mechanical pressure on a material. Angela Wang, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 June 2023 Their wings, which flap 120 times per second, function using piezoelectric actuators – strips of ceramic that expand and contract when an electric field is applied. Mallory Arnold, Outside Online, 8 Mar. 2023 See More

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First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of piezoelectric was in 1883

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“Piezoelectric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piezoelectric. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


pē-ˌā-(ˌ)zō-ə-ˈlek-trik, pē-ˌāt-(ˌ)sō-, especially British pī-ˌē-(ˌ)zō-
: of, relating to, marked by, or functioning by means of piezoelectricity
piezoelectrically adverb
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