ther·​mo·​elec·​tric·​i·​ty ˌthər-mō-i-ˌlek-ˈtri-sə-tē How to pronounce thermoelectricity (audio)
: electricity produced by the direct action of heat (as by the unequal heating of a circuit composed of two dissimilar metals)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another idea is creating electricity through thermoelectricity, converting variations in temperature into electric voltage. Alex Davies, WIRED, 12 Mar. 2015 Thermoelectricity—or electricity produced through temperature differences—originated in 1821 when Thomas Seebeck and Jean Peltier discovered the conversion of heat to electricity. Kristen A. Schmitt, Smithsonian, 10 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of thermoelectricity was in 1823

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“Thermoelectricity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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