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A device consisting of a number of thermocouples connected in series or parallel, used for measuring temperature or generating current.

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(General Physics) an instrument for detecting and measuring heat radiation or for generating a thermoelectric current. It consists of a number of thermocouple junctions, usually joined together in series
[C19: from thermo- + pile1 (in the sense: voltaic pile)]
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(ˈθɜr məˌpaɪl)

a device consisting of thermocouples joined in series, used for generating thermoelectric current or for detecting and measuring radiant energy.
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Noun1.thermopile - a kind of thermometer for measuring heat radiation; consists of several thermocouple junctions in series
thermometer - measuring instrument for measuring temperature
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[ˈθɜːməʊpaɪl] Ntermopila f
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