pi·​e·​zo·​elec·​tric | \ pē-ˌā-(ˌ)zō-ə-ˈlek-trik How to pronounce piezoelectric (audio) , pē-ˌāt-(ˌ)sō- \

Definition of piezoelectric

: of, relating to, marked by, or functioning by means of piezoelectricity

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Other Words from piezoelectric

piezoelectrically \ pē-​ˌā-​(ˌ)zō-​ə-​ˈlek-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce piezoelectric (audio) , pē-​ˌāt-​(ˌ)sō-​ \ adverb

Examples of piezoelectric in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These are non-Stanley (that is, not wire-wound) devices that take advantage of the piezoelectric effect—the ability of a strained crystal to produce a current, and of a current to strain or deform a crystal. Vaclav Smil, Wired, 4 May 2021 Scientists and some entrepreneurs have toyed with harnessing the piezoelectric effect for years. Scott Carpenter, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Electrical engineer David Giuliani and doctors David Engel and Roy Martin founded their company GEMTech in 1987 to promote their new dental hygiene products that focused on cleaning teeth using piezoelectric transducers. Popular Science, 8 Dec. 2020 Woodward swung by its old office and snapped up a pile of piezoelectric disks the company had left behind. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 3 Sep. 2020 Some articles suggest the drivers inside the device use piezoelectric transducers, which convert electrical impulses to high-speed vibrations, emit sound waves in the ultrasonic range. Popular Mechanics, 17 June 2020 Sentons relies on a combination of a piezoelectric sensor and a strain gauge to mimic a physical button. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 14 Jan. 2020 Their original design had piezoelectric motors that could rapidly flap two wings, providing the robot with powered flight. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 26 June 2019 The next issue was linking the piezoelectric actuators to the solar power source. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of piezoelectric

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of piezoelectric was in 1883

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8 May 2021

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“Piezoelectric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piezoelectric. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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pi·​ezo·​elec·​tric | \ pē-ˌā-(ˌ)zō-ə-ˈlek-trik, pē-ˌāt-(ˌ)sō-, especially British pī-ˌē-(ˌ)zō- \

Medical Definition of piezoelectric

: of, relating to, marked by, or functioning by means of piezoelectricity

Other Words from piezoelectric

piezoelectrically \ -​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce piezoelectric (audio) \ adverb


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