triboelectricity

noun
tri·​bo·​elec·​tric·​i·​ty | \ˌtrī-bō-i-ˌlek-ˈtri-sə-tē, ˌtri-, -ˈtri-stē\

Definition of triboelectricity 

: a charge of electricity generated by friction (as by rubbing glass with silk)

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Other Words from triboelectricity

triboelectric \ ˌtrī-​bō-​i-​ˈlek-​trik , ˌtri-​ \ adjective

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When two different materials repeatedly collide with, or rub against, one another, the surface of one material can steal electrons from the other, accumulating a charge, a phenomenon known as triboelectricity. Charles Q. Choi, Washington Post, "How the body could power pacemakers and other implantable devices," 9 June 2018 When two different materials repeatedly collide with, or rub against, one another, the surface of one material can steal electrons from the surface of the other, accumulating a charge, a phenomenon known as triboelectricity. Charles Q. Choi, The Atlantic, "Your Heartbeat Could Power a Smartphone," 12 Apr. 2018 Triboelectricity is unpredictable, but engineers in the last few years have been creating innovative ways to capture its potential, ranging from electrodes in car tires to wood boards that create static when stepped on. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "New Invention Puts the Power of Static in Your Pocket," 5 July 2017

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First Known Use of triboelectricity

circa 1917, in the meaning defined above

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