tel·​lu·​ride ˈtel-yə-ˌrīd How to pronounce telluride (audio)
: a binary compound of tellurium with a more electropositive element or group

Examples of telluride in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The silver telluride had properties ideal for colloidal quantum dots, most notably tunability. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2024 Using more thermoelectrically efficient materials like bismuth telluride would boost the power output, but the advantage here is that the device is low cost, stretchable, and completely biodegradable. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Feb. 2023 And this thermoelectric fabric is cheap---bismuth telluride, another other thermoelectric material, costs seven times as much. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 23 Feb. 2012 Heads turned last year when Japanese scientists announced that heating iron telluride in red wine did wonders for its conductive ability . Veronique Greenwood, Discover Magazine, 23 Mar. 2012 The cadmium and telluride used in its PVs are collocated with zinc and copper and are basically byproducts of mining those elements, and that helps enable Toledo Solar to concentrate its entire supply chain in North America. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, 9 Jan. 2023 In lead telluride with both nano-structuring and meso-structuring, the researchers measured a ZT of about 2.2 when the material was heated to around 1190 degrees Fahrenheit. Sophie Bushwick, Discover Magazine, 20 Sep. 2012 Copper telluride, shown here, is produced in a new process at Rio Tinto's Kennecott copper operation. Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 Its solar cells rely on a coating of cadmium and telluride. Bob Davis, WSJ, 21 June 2021

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First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of telluride was in 1832

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“Telluride.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Tel·​lu·​ride ˈtel-yə-ˌrīd How to pronounce Telluride (audio)
town in the San Juan Mountains, southwestern Colorado population 2325

Note: Founded as a mining camp, Telluride flourished with the discovery of silver, gold, copper, iron, lead, and zinc nearby. Today it is a ski resort with numerous upscale seasonal homes.

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