solar collector

noun

Definition of solar collector 

: any of various devices for the absorption of solar radiation for the heating of water or buildings or the production of electricity

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In the 1960s physicist Freeman Dyson postulated that advanced, energy-hungry civilizations might enshroud their home stars in solar collectors—later called Dyson spheres—to absorb practically all of a star's light. Kimberly Cartier, Scientific American, "Have Aliens Built Huge Structures around Boyajian’s Star?," 1 May 2017

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1955, in the meaning defined above

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