triboelectricity [trahy-boh-i-lek-tris-i-tee, -ee-lek-, trib-oh-] Word Origin noun Electricity.

  1. electricity generated by friction.

Origin of triboelectricity First recorded in 1915–20; tribo- + electricity 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

  1. static electricity generated by frictionAlso called: frictional electricity

Derived Formstriboelectric, adjective triboelectric in Science triboelectricity [trī′bō-ĭ-lĕk-trĭs′ĭ-tē, trĭb′ō-]

  1. 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.
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