[foh-toh-vol-tey-ik, -vohl-] /ˌfoʊ toʊ vɒlˈteɪ ɪk, -voʊl-/
of or relating to the .
of, concerned with, or producing electric current or voltage caused by electromagnetic radiation, esp visible light from the sun
1923, from photo- + voltaic. Related: Photovoltaics (see -ics).
Capable of producing a voltage, usually through photoemission, when exposed to radiant energy, especially light. See more at photoelectric, solar cell.
noun, Electricity. 1. a photocell in which an electromotive force is generated by a photovoltaic effect. photovoltaic cell See photoelectric cell.
noun, Physics. 1. the phenomenon in which the incidence of light or other electromagnetic radiation upon the junction of two dissimilar materials, as a metal and a semiconductor, induces the generation of an electromotive force. noun 1. the effect observed when electromagnetic radiation, esp visibile light from the sun, falls on a thin film of […]
[foh-toh-vohl-tey-iks] /ˌfoʊ toʊ voʊlˈteɪ ɪks/ noun 1. (used with a singular verb) a field of semiconductor technology involving the direct conversion of electromagnetic radiation as sunlight, into electricity. 2. (used with a plural verb) devices designed to perform such conversion.
[foh-toh-zing-kog-ruh-fee] /ˌfoʊ toʊ zɪŋˈkɒg rə fi/ noun, Obsolete. 1. a type of photoengraving using a sensitized zinc plate. /ˌfəʊtəʊzɪŋˈkɒɡrəfɪ/ noun 1. a photoengraving process using a printing plate made of zinc