dielectric

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Etymology[edit]

From dia- (through) + electric. Learned 19th-century formation, coined by William Whewell (died 1866).

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˌdaɪ.ɪˈlɛk.tɹɪk /, /ˌdaɪ.əˈlɛk.tɹɪk/
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dielectric (plural dielectrics)

  1. (physics) An electrically insulating or nonconducting material considered for its electric susceptibility, i.e. its property of polarization when exposed to an external electric field.

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dielectric (comparative more dielectric, superlative most dielectric)

  1. (electrically) insulating

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