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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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Kuang et al., "Multilayered flexible nanocomposite for hybrid nanogenerator enabled by conjunction of piezoelectricity and triboelectricity," Nano Research, vol.
Nanotechnologists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta have developed origamis built on this basic structure that could take advantage of triboelectricity to eventually power electronics in a cheap, lightweight, environmentally friendly way (Yang et al., 2015).
Triboelectricity can create a surprising amount of power by rubbing or touching two different materials together and Professor Wang is looking at ways to collect this energy and use it.