triboelectricity [trahy-boh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-, trib-oh-] Word Origin noun Electricity.
- generated by friction.
Origin of triboelectricity First recorded in 1915–20;+ Related formstri·bo·e·lec·tric [trahy-boh-i-lek-trik, trib-oh-] /ˌtraɪ boʊ ɪˈlɛk trɪk, ˌtrɪb oʊ-/, adjective British Dictionary definitions for triboelectric triboelectricity noun
- static electricity generated by frictionAlso called: frictional electricity
Derived Formstriboelectric, adjective triboelectric in Science triboelectricity [trī′bō-ĭ-lĕk-trĭs′ĭ-tē, trĭb′ō-]
- An electrical charge produced by friction between two objects that are nonconductive. Rubbing glass with fur, or a comb through the hair, can built up triboelectricity. Most everyday static electricity is triboelectric.