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[foh-toh-vol-tey-ik, -vohl-] /ˌfoʊ toʊ vɒlˈteɪ ɪk, -voʊl-/

adjective, Electricity.
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).
(fō’tō-vŏl-tā’ĭk, -vōl-)
Capable of producing a voltage, usually through photoemission, when exposed to radiant energy, especially light. See more at photoelectric, solar cell.


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