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interferometer

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noun in·ter·fer·om·e·ter \ˌin-tə(r)-fə-ˈrä-mə-tər, -ˌfi-ˈrä-\

Definition of interferometer

  1. :  an apparatus that utilizes the interference of waves (as of light) for precise determinations (as of distance or wavelength)

interferometric

play \-ˌfir-ə-ˈme-trik\ adjective

interferometrically

play \-tri-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

interferometry

play \-fə-ˈrä-mə-trē, -ˌfi-ˈrä-\ noun


Origin and Etymology of interferometer

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: 1897


Medical Dictionary

interferometer

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noun in·ter·fer·om·e·ter \ˌint-ə(r)-fə-ˈräm-ət-ər, -ˌfir-ˈäm-\

Medical Definition of interferometer

  1. :  an instrument that utilizes the interference of waves (as of light) for precise determination especially of wavelength, spectral fine structure, indices of refraction, and very small linear displacements

interferometric

\-ˌfir-ə-ˈme-trik\play adjective

interferometrically

\-tri-k(ə-)lē\play adverb

interferometry

\-fə-ˈräm-ə-trē, -ˌfir-ˈäm-\play noun plural

interferometries




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