pi·​e·​zo·​elec·​tric·​i·​ty pē-ˌā-(ˌ)zō-ə-ˌlek-ˈtri-s(ə-)tē How to pronounce piezoelectricity (audio)
: electricity or electric polarity due to pressure especially in a crystalline substance (such as quartz)

Examples of piezoelectricity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This enabled them to directly detect the piezoelectricity induced by friction by measuring the A/C conductance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 5 Dec. 2023 The researchers also tested whether annealing both of these fiber orientations—a heating process that shifts the phase of molecules in the fibers—would affect the textiles’ piezoelectricity and ability to stimulate stem cell growth. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Dec. 2023 By introducing piezoelectricity into a thread that can be woven into a garment, Fink’s group is transplanting a hundred years of innovation into a new domain, endowing fabrics with capabilities that could be achieved previously only with devices that people strap on or carry. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2019 Also, piezoelectricity usually creates small voltages. Kyle Hill, Discover Magazine, 1 Aug. 2013 Many previous harvesting schemes have tried to make use of piezoelectricity, which was discovered by Pierre Curie and keeps the beat in modern watches, but no one has succeed is getting significant amounts of power that way. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 24 Aug. 2011 Those were powered by piezoelectricity, the charge that accumulates in crystals and metal when they are squeezed or stressed. Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 24 Aug. 2011 And piezoelectricity is only one of many electronic capacities Fink’s lab is systematically mastering. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2019 But the promise of piezoelectricity upon AI doesn’t end with motors. Michael Ashley, Forbes, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of piezoelectricity was in 1883

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“Piezoelectricity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piezoelectricity. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


pi·​ezo·​elec·​tric·​i·​ty -ˌlek-ˈtris-ət-ē, -ˈtris-tē How to pronounce piezoelectricity (audio)
plural piezoelectricities
: electricity or electric polarity due to pressure especially in a crystalline substance (as quartz)

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