thermionic

adjective
therm·​ion·​ic | \ ˌthər-(ˌ)mī-ˈä-nik How to pronounce thermionic (audio) \

Definition of thermionic

: relating to, using, or being the emission of charged particles (such as electrons) by an incandescent material

Examples of thermionic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The thermionic diode heat engine invented by Nottingham and Hatsopoulos in the 1950s finally went all the way and produced power with no moving parts. Charles A. Berg, The New York Review of Books, "Watt Nonsense," 6 June 2019 The thermionic diode heat engine invented by Nottingham and Hatsopoulos in the 1950s finally went all the way and produced power with no moving parts. Charles A. Berg, The New York Review of Books, "Watt Nonsense," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of thermionic

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for thermionic

thermion charged particle from an incandescent source, from therm- + ion

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The first known use of thermionic was in 1909

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“Thermionic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thermionic. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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