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Meaning of photoelectricity

pho•to•e•lec•tric•i•ty

Pronunciation: (fō"tō-i-lek-tris'i-tē, -ē"lek-), [key]
— n. Physics.
  1. electricity induced by electromagnetic radiation, as in certain processes, as the photoelectric and photovoltaic effects, photoconductivity, and photoionization.
  2. the branch of physics that deals with these phenomena.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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