work function

noun

Definition of work function

: the energy that is needed for a particle to come from the interior of a medium and break through the surface used especially of the photoelectric and thermionic emission of electrons from metals

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First Known Use of work function

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Work function.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/work%20function. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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