Definition of Thermopile

1. Noun. A kind of thermometer for measuring heat radiation; consists of several thermocouple junctions in series.

Generic synonyms: Thermometer



Definition of Thermopile

1. n. An instrument of extreme sensibility, used to determine slight differences and degrees of heat. It is composed of alternate bars of antimony and bismuth, or any two metals having different capacities for the conduction of heat, connected with an astatic galvanometer, which is very sensibly affected by the electric current induced in the system of bars when exposed even to the feeblest degrees of heat.

Definition of Thermopile

1. Noun. An electronic device that converts thermal energy into electrical energy. Usually constructed using a series-combination of thermocouples. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Thermopile

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Medical Definition of Thermopile

1. An instrument of extreme sensibility, used to determine slight differences and degrees of heat. It is composed of alternate bars of antimony and bismuth, or any two metals having different capacities for the conduction of heat, connected with an astatic galvanometer, which is very sensibly affected by the electric current induced in the system of bars when exposed even to the feeblest degrees of heat. Origin: Thermo- + pile a heap. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Thermopile

thermophile
thermophiles
thermophilic
thermophilically
thermophilous
thermophily
thermophobia
thermophone
thermophones
thermophonic
thermophore
thermophoresis
thermophotometry
thermophylic
thermophysical
thermopile (current term)
thermopiles
thermoplacentography
thermoplasma
thermoplasmales
thermoplastic
thermoplastic resin
thermoplastically
thermoplasticity
thermoplastics
thermoplegia
thermopower
thermoprecipitin reaction
thermoprinter
thermoprinters

Literary usage of Thermopile

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1. Investigations of Infra-red Spectra by William Weber Coblentz (1908)
"THE thermopile. From a historical point of view the thermopile has been in use from ... For spectro-radiometric work, however, only the linear thermopile of ..."

2. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1891)
"THK peculiarities observed occur under the following circumstances: A thermopile, one face of which is kept at a constant temperature, is connected ..."

3. Quantitative Chemical Analysis by Electrolysis by Alexander Classen (1894)
"If, however, a thermopile could be found which should not be complicated, ... Indeed, a thermopile which can perform the work of the galvanic battery with ..."

4. The Theory of Heat by Thomas Preston (1894)
"The thermopile.—The thermopile is probably the most celebrated instrument ever designed for the study of radiant heat, for although it has been surpassed in ..."

5. The Theory of Heat by Thomas Preston (1894)
"The thermopile.—The thermopile is probably the most celebrated instrument ever designed for the study of radiant heat, for although it has been surpassed in ..."

6. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1891)
"THE peculiarities observed occur under the following circumstances: A thermopile, one face of which is kept at a constant temperature, is connected ..."

7. Scientific Papers by John William Strutt Rayleigh (1900)
"ON THE THERMODYNAMIC EFFICIENCY OF THE thermopile. [Philosophical Magazine, xx. pp. 361—363, 1885.] DURING the last few years the thoughts of many ..."

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