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A substance that resists the conduction of electricity, such as an insulator. A dielectric material with a high dielectric strength can be exposed to a large electric field without losing any of its insulating ability. Common example of dielectric materials are glass, rubber, wood, paper, and hydrocarbon oils.

Synonyms and Related Terms

dielectric material

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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