piezoelectricity

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pi·e·zo·e·lec·tric·i·ty

 (pē-ā′zō-ĭ-lĕk-trĭs′ĭ-tē, pī-ē′-)
n.
The generation of electricity or of electric polarity in dielectric crystals subjected to mechanical stress, or the generation of stress in such crystals subjected to an applied voltage.

pi·e′zo·e·lec′tric, pi·e′zo·e·lec′tri·cal adj.
pi·e′zo·e·lec′tri·cal·ly adv.

pi•e•zo•e•lec•tric•i•ty

(paɪˌi zoʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-, piˌeɪ zoʊ-)

n.
electricity or electric polarity produced in certain nonconducting crystals, as quartz, when subjected to pressure or strain.
[1890–95; < Greek piéz(ein) to press + -o- + electricity]
pi•e`zo•e•lec′tric (-ɪˈlɛk trɪk) adj.
pi•e`zo•e•lec′tri•cal•ly, adv.
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Noun1.piezoelectricity - electricity produced by mechanical pressure on certain crystals (notably quartz or Rochelle salt); alternatively, electrostatic stress produces a change in the linear dimensions of the crystal
electricity - a physical phenomenon associated with stationary or moving electrons and protons
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