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 (trī′bō-ĭ-lĕk-trĭs′ĭ-tē, -ē′lĕk-, trĭb′ō-)
n. pl. tri·bo·e·lec·tric·i·ties
An electrical charge produced by friction between two objects that are nonconductive.

[Greek tribos, a rubbing, from trībein, to rub; see terə- in Indo-European roots + electricity.]

tri′bo·e·lec′tric adj.
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(ˌtraɪbəʊɪlɛkˈtrɪsɪtɪ; -ˌiːlɛk-)
(General Physics) static electricity generated by friction. Also called: frictional electricity
ˌtriboeˈlectric adj
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(ˌtraɪ boʊ ɪ lɛkˈtrɪs ɪ ti, -ˌi lɛk-, ˌtrɪb oʊ-)

electricity generated by friction.
tri`bo•e•lec′tric (-trɪk) adj.
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The storms' sand grains and other particles create electric charge in what is known as the triboelectric effect, which happens when two objects repeatedly collide with or rub against one another.
Supported by a $400,000 National Science Foundation grant, Chen and Zayd Leseman, PhD, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at Kansas State University, are conducting research on the triboelectric effect, a phenomenon wherein one material becomes electrically charged after it contacts a different material through friction.
Watson XRF products are powered by an innovative new X-ray technology that maximizes the performance and minimises the cost of generating X-rays by using the so-called Triboelectric Effect, a process similar to static electricity, to eliminate the industry's typical requirements for expensive, high voltage devices.
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The material developed by the UW-Madison team relies on the triboelectric effect, which creates a charge, most commonly seen as static electricity, through the friction of two materials rubbing against one another.
It may also be due to a triboelectric effect of air moving up the side of the pyramid collecting ions due to wind friction.
When this force is released, they separated, and electrons from the surface of one of these materials have been stolen from the surface of the other, resulting in a triboelectric effect, or a static electricity charging.
They investigated what caused the spike and discovered that two polymer surfaces in the device had rubbed together, producing what's called a triboelectric effect - essentially what most of us know as static electricity.
Engineers at Georgia Tech are now hoping to harvest the small amounts of energy produced by what's known as the triboelectric effect.
Researchers have proposed numerous nanogenerators that utilize the triboelectric effect; however, most are difficult to manufacture (requiring complex lithography) or are not cost effective.