from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Electricity generated by a flow of heat, as in a thermocouple.
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- n. The direct conversion of heat into electricity
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Electricity developed in the action of heat. See the Note under electricity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The electric current produced in a circuit of two or more dissimilar metals, or in a circuit of one metal different parts of which are in dissimilar physical states, when one of the points of union is heated or cooled relatively to the remainder of the circuit; also, the branch of electrical science which treats of electric currents so produced.
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- n. electricity produced by heat (as in a thermocouple)
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Sturgeon also worked on improving the voltaic battery, developing a theory of thermoelectricity, and even atmospheric charge conditions.
For example, if we could establish the truth of what up till now is only a conjecture, namely, that it is the action of the sun which produces thermoelectricity at the equator; that this produces terrestrial magnetism; and that this magnetism, again, is the cause of the aurora borealis, these would be truths externally of great, but internally of little, significance.
There is a whole program of investments in thermoelectricity.
The conductivity of electricity and heat by metals, thermoelectricity, permanent and temporary magnets, heat radiation and absorption, the optical, electrical and magnetic properties of crystals - all these aspects promise us a rich harvest.
Their branched tails lay in shadow, their heads in sunlight, while thermoelectricity charged their biochemical batteries.
Thus about fifty years ago OErsted, of Copenhagen, discovered the deflection of a magnetic needle by an electric current; and about the same time Thomas Seebeck, of Berlin, discovered thermoelectricity.
The government plans to invest an additional $5 billion in new thermoelectric plants across the nation, with the goal that thermoelectricity will account for half the nation's power by the year 2015.
The team developed an energy-harvesting solution based on thermoelectricity.
In their theoretical work, Wu and his colleagues discovered that this type of electronic structure engineering can be greatly beneficial for thermoelectricity.
SolSource, a 3-in-1 solar device that harnesses the sun's energy for portable cooking, household heating, and low-cost thermoelectricity generation.